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The Gifts of the Magi: Part I

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving and were able to celebrate with family and friends. I’m sure everyone ate too much, but hey, it’s a holiday. 🙂 We always enjoy our time at my grandparents’ house. We eat and recuperate and then eat some more. 🙂 
This post will be the first of 3 posts regarding the gifts of the Magi to Jesus. I want to discuss each gift in a separate post. We think Jesus could have been at least 2 years of age when the Magi visited bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It’s pretty clear that they did not visit on the night of His birth. You can find this account in Matthew 2.
The first gift listed of the 3 is gold. This could have been the precious metal, which indeed would have been of great value to Joseph and Mary and Jesus.It would have indicated His kingly status. However, if it were something more practical, as some scholars suggest, it would have been, not only of great value, but also beneficial in daily life.
This theory explains that in the ancient days Balsam oil was referred to as gold. It was obtained from the resin of the Fir Balsam trees in the same region as frankincense and myrrh. Balsam oil (gold) was also known as the Balm of Gilead, which was used to anoint the kings of Israel and contained a compound known for its anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic, and anti fungal properties. 
Another theory states that the gold could have been Turmeric. It was also known as gold in those days due to its yellow color. Turmeric is also known to have powerful healing properties that would have benefited both Mary and her Son. In either view, the kingly connotations remain and the message of the Magi is clear, this Child was to be honored as royalty no matter what the circumstances suggested.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! 🙂 

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2 thoughts on “The Gifts of the Magi: Part I

  1. Loved this girl! Rhonda

    On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 1:43 AM Homestead Nutrition wrote:

    > homesteadnutrition posted: “Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a > blessed Thanksgiving and were able to celebrate with family and friends. > I’m sure everyone ate too much, but hey, it’s a holiday. 🙂 We always > enjoy our time at my grandparents’ house. We eat and recuperate and the” >

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