The Third Day of Christmas

The Third Day of Christmas

Continuing the bird motif, our giver sends three French hens to his love. In the 16th century a French hen was far more expensive than the standard hen and only the wealth could afford them. Three expensive birds as a gift ought to excite our minds, bringing up images of the three wise-men or magi from the East coming to visit the baby Jesus, laying at His feet their gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.

“Gold is the most valuable gift of all. Incense comes from tree bark and is burned during times of prayer. Myrrh is a thick reddish gum used as a perfume.” (Haidle)These were very costly gifts but gifts worthy of a king.

Read over the passages below and worship Christ as the King; of the universe and of your life!

Matthew 2:10-11(ESV)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Psalm 22: 27-28 (ESV)

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.