The primary significance of these three gifts lay in their great value - they were indeed gifts for a king. These valuable gifts were intended to honor Jesus at his birth, as celebrated throughout the world today. Amongst the types of assets listed in the bible including precious metals, livestock, and gemstones, the accumulation of gold was one of the chief measures of wealth.
The gift of Frankincense - or the burning of this aromatic gum resin, was closely associated with ceremonial worship of a deity. Myrrh, a fragrant spice from the near East was used as an anointing oil and as a medicinal tonic.
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