New Living Translation (NLT)
11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of GOLD, FRANKINSENCE AND MYRRH.
Frankincense is tapped from the scraggly but hardy trees by slashing the bark, which is called striping, and allowing the exuded resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. The aroma from these tears are more valuable for their presumed healing abilities and are also said to have superior qualities for religious ritual.
Frankincense and incense in the Bible generally refers to PRAYER and is a sweet rising aroma when burned! Our sincere prayers are a sweet offering to God. The burning of the incense can also refer very strongly to intercession! Note the description of the extraction process above! The bark is slashed, and the process is called STRIPING! Jesus was slashed when He was scourged and by His stripes we are healed! The resin is allowed to bleed. Jesus BLED on the cross for the salvation of sinners. The resin is called TEARS. [JESUS WEPT FOR US]
Jesus lives forever to make intercession for us. Real prayer often incurs an agony of soul, physical discomfort, and tears. How is your praying going? Is it like mine quite selfish? I do pray for others, but may be this is going to have to be one of my new years resolutions.
PRAYER [whatever is on your heart]
From heaven You came, helpless babe Entered our world, Your glory veiled Not to be served but to serve And give Your life that we might live
This is our God, the Servant King He calls us now to follow Him To bring our lives as a daily offering Of worship to the Servant King
There in the garden of tears My heavy load He chose to bear His heart with sorrow was torn Yet not my will, but Yours he said
Come see His hands and his feet The scars that speak of sacrifice Hands that flung stars into space To cruel nails surrendered
So let us learn now to serve And in our lives enthrone Him Each other’s needs to prefer For it is Christ we’re serving