I took this picture in the Gold Souk in Dubai. The place is literally luminous with the yellowest gold jewellery, and they try and convince you it’s the best price for the best quality in the world. Neither of which I think are entirely true – but it sure is readily available in this part of the world….
Which got me thinking…
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the easte went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On 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 and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2)
So, what’s the significance of the gifts?
The importance of the gifts was the message that each one conveyed about Jesus. The gold represented the fact that Jesus was royal. The frankincense supports the claim that Jesus is divine and the myrrh was for the importance of the mortality of Jesus.
Gold – A precious commodity signifying the coming of a King…
Gold is quite rare – even today (which surprised me). It doesn’t tarnish, is the most stable (non reactive) of elements, malleable (a little goes a long way) and is distinctive in colour…
I can see the symbolism there.
And yet I thought that perhaps in today’s world it was losing it’s significance…. maybe not so after all.
Post script: Gold “Fun Facts”