What would have happened if the magi were women? They would not have gotten lost. They would have brought practical gifts. Instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, they would have brought diapers, dinner and blankets. Just a little joke.
What was the purpose of the gifts? Traditionally gold was for Jesus Divinity. Frankincense was for Jesus as priest, and myrrh was for Jesus death. Kings were given gold, priests used frankincense. Bodies at death were anointed with myrrh.
I recently heard a talk on the magi that gave another answer about the gifts. In the ancient world the king owned everything. What would you give someone who already owned everything?
The magi were more magicians than kings. William Barclay writes, “These magi were soothsayers and interpreters of dreams, such was Elymas, the sorcerer (Acts 13:6,8) and Simon who is commonly called Simon Magus (Acts 8:9,11) At there best…
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