Comments on Verses from Prophets

Isaiah 60:6 “A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.”

Here is a verse that promises good times ahead. That is always a welcomed message. Camel caravans were a sign of prosperity and good times. Notice the two things that are mentioned as trading goods; gold and frankincense. These were two of the most valued treasures of the ancient east. Not surprising that they would show up as gifts to the newborn king, is it?

Not the usual gift at a baby shower in our world. We wouldn’t know what to do with the frankincense, and of course, babies don’t know how to use gold. Babies do occasionally get some form of money, college funds, stocks, bonds. Why did baby Jesus get these plus a spice? Considering their situation, how would these two gifts help?

I gave a possible answer to that question in my book, The Five Wise Men. Turned out that the gifts were very timely considering the long journey they had to undertake immediately after they received the gifts.

Task for Today: Check your treasury. I think you might find a few overladen camels there or on the way. God still provides for His people. Too many people see the gifts but fail to recognize where the camels came from. A wise one knows where the camels came from and gives God the glory.

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