I enjoyed the show. Dr. Sternberg alluded to the story of the Three Wise Men and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In his account of his travels to the East, Marco Polo claimed to have passed through the country whence the Magi originated, and heard the reason behind these offerings. According to the tradition Polo heard, the gifts presented to the young Christ child were a test. The Magi wanted to know whether Jesus was an earthly king, a heavenly king, or a physician. The answer would be determined by which of the three gifts the child reached for first: if He chose the gold, it indicated He was an earthly king; if the frankincense, a heavenly king; and if the myrrh, He was thus to be a physician.
It was not said which of the three gifts the child reached for first.
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