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We Three Kings

Twenty-second Day of Advent, 2013

But when they [the Magi] returned to their own land, they didn’t go through Jerusalem to report to Herod, for God had warned them in a dream to go home another way. (Matthew 2:12 TLB)

Learn from the Magi

Learn from the Magi

As astrologers, the Magi from the Fareast followed a star they perceived to shine for a newborn king. They had studied Jewish scriptures and knew of the teachings of a king who would come to lead the Israelites out of bondage. The Magi’s lack of understanding of prophecy lead them to the palace in Jerusalem. Where else would they find the heir to the throne?

They weren’t the only ones to misinterpret Scripture. King Herod, along with all of Jerusalem, was disturbed to hear the news of a new king’s birth. Yet, Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him” (Matthew 2:8).

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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One King

Seventeenth Day of Advent, 2013

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem… . On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1, 11 NIV)

Dawning of a Brand New Day

Dawning of a Brand New Day

We’re all acquainted with the gifts of the Magi. But do we know where they come from, what they’re used for, and what they symbolize?

Frankincense derives from a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India.

Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from species of the genus Commiphora, which are native to northeast Africa and the adjacent areas of the Arabian Peninsula.

Uses:

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ Second Advent.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks