And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him…
I. Gold may be taken as representing our substance, our goods, our material wealth. All work, all material, have their worth in gold. This oblation, represents the efficiency of that which is external to us, and can be detached from us.
II. The frankincense is a substance which, once kindled, sends up sweet clouds. to the sky. it is the symbol of religious thought directing itself lovingly and longingly towards God. It typifies what is inward. There is a life of contemplation as well as of action.
III. The last offering completing the text is myrrh. This. stands for sorrows; in this we are equal before God. We can offer to Him our pains and repentance.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.