Sunday, December 7, 2008
On the Third Day Of Christmas....
Three french hens. Three french hens? What the....?
Actually, french hens were very valuable poultry in the sixteenth century-only rich people could afford them. Thus, these costly birds came to symolize the three valuable gifts given to Jesus by the three kings: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gold, of course, is one of the most precious of metals. Franincense and myrrh were expensive spices used as incense and for burials. Burials, really? Do you think that might mean something? It could, given what Christ came to do, don't ya think?
Mt 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Mt 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.