Three Wise Men Brought Gifts to Y'shua
While He Was In the Manger
Unfortunately much of what the average Christian believes is not based in firsthand knowledge of the Scriptures, but in doctrine, tradition and folklore. Our iconic image of the manger scene is a case in point. First off, it is astonishing how many Christians believe that Y'shua was born in a manger. Most people assume that the edifice Yoseph and Miryanm (their Hebrew names) were forced to stay in because there was no room in the Inn, was a manger. A manger is not a barn or stable as many people assume, but a feeding trough. It is inconceivable that Miryam gave birth to Y'shua in a feeding trough. Here is what Scripture says:
Luke 2:7 (NASB)
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:9-12 (NASB)
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, (the shepherds) and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Luke 2:15-16 (NASB)
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
Some traditions hold that Y'shua was born in a natural cleft in a rock face rather than in a barn or stable. Inasmuch as Y'shua was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the shelter Y'shua was born in could very well have been a sukkah or tabernacle that had been set up for the seven day festival. In any case, Scripture indicates that he was laid in a manger after he was born.
Our iconic image of the manger scene includes Miryam , Youseph, and baby Y'shua in a wooden stable surrounded by cows, donkeys, shepherds with their sheep, three kings bearing one gift each, and their three camels. First off, the shepherds came to see Y'shua on the day He was born. The gospel of Luke indicates that after hearing the angel announce “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”, the shepherds hurried and found Miryam, Yousef and Y'shua just as the angel had said.
Although Scripture does not indicate exactly when the Magi came to worship Y'shua, it is safe to say that it was not the same day the shepherds visited him and may have been up to two years later. Matthew 2:16 records:
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.
Christian folklore not only numbers the Magi, but even identifies them as:
Balthasar, the youngest, bearing frankincense and representing Africa; Caspar, who is middle-aged, bearing gold and representing Asia; and Melchior, the oldest, bearing myrrh and representing Europe. Scripture does not indicate how many Magi came to worship Y'shua, their names, or what gifts each brought. The idea that there were three is an assumption based on the fact that Matthew 2:11 indicates that they presented three gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh).
Interestingly, there is an apocryphal Hebrew text know as the Books of Adam which detail events that followed Adam and Eve’s banishment from the garden of Eden. Although it is considered by many to be fictional, it may just as well be information passed on orally from generation to generation until it was put into writing about 200 years before the birth of Messiah. The first book indicates that three days after they were banished from the garden, Adam and Eve were so despondent that Yahveh sent the angels Gabriel, Raphael and Michael to retrieve gold, frankincense and myrrh from the garden and give them to Adam to console him. Chapter 31 of the First book of Adam records:
After these things happened, God said to Adam, “You asked Me for something from the garden to be comforted with, and I have given you these three tokens as a consolation to you so that you trust in Me and in My covenant with you. For I will come and save you and when I am in the flesh, kings shall bring me gold, incense, and myrrh. Gold is a token of My kingdom, incense is a token of My divinity, and Myrrh is a token of my suffering and of My death. But, Adam, put these by you in the cave (the Cave of Treasures where Adam and Eve dwelt), the gold so that it may shine light over you by night, and incense so that you smell its sweet savor, and the myrrh to comfort you in your sorrow. … Then God commanded the three angels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael each to bring what he had brought and give it to Adam. And they did so one by one. And God commanded Suriyel and Salathiel to bear up Adam and Eve, and bring them down from the top of the high mountain (where Satan had put them), and to the Cave of Treasures. There they laid the gold on the south side of the cave, the incense on the eastern side, and the myrrh on the western side. For the mouth of the cave was on the north side. … God gave these three things to Adam on the third day after he had come out of the garden as a sign of the three days the Lord should remain in the heart of the earth. And these three things, as they continued with Adam in the cave, gave him light by night, and by day they gave him a little relief from his sorrow. 
As they are often wont to do, many “scholars” would opine with great authority that this portion of the Books of Adam and Eve had to have been added after New Testament times, simply because it alludes to New Testament events and concepts. In the absence of solid evidence that this is the case, such as earlier manuscripts that do not contain these events and concepts, should we not at least consider that it might be truly prophetic? Such scholarly conclusions are often rooted in a general disbelief in the supernatural and specific disbelief that future events may be prophesied.
For this reason many “scholars” maintain that the Books of Isaiah and Daniel had to have been penned or altered after the events they predicted. Such scholars who steadfastly maintained that another apocryphal book attributed to the Enoch of Genesis 5:18-24, could not have been written by Enoch, because it contained quotes from the New Testament. That theory was accepted with absolute authority until copies of the Book of Enoch were found which predated the birth of Messiah. As it turns out, New Testament figures including Peter, Paul, Jude and Y'shua were quoting from the book and prophetic vision of Enoch – not the other way around. As you might expect, the silence of “scholarly” contrition in that matter has been deafening.
All that to say; that the birth of Y'shua as well as the presentation of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Him by kings, may have been prophetically revealed to Adam more than 2000 years before it happened. Furthermore, although most Christians would assume that the magi were gentiles, there is good reason to believe that they were descendents of the Jewish disciples of Daniel who had been instructed to watch for the great sign in the heavens that announced Y'shua’s birth. In that case, some believe that the gifts the magi brought were from the estate of Daniel, who as a Eunuch would have had no heirs. Inasmuch as Gabriel was involved in entrusting gold, frankincense and myrrh to Adam, he very well may have transmitted those items to Daniel when he was sent by Yahveh in answer to his prayer.
In my next post I will cover another lie we have inherited form our fathers.
 Lumpkin, Joseph: The First and Second books of Adam and Eve, pp 35-36; Fifth Estate Publishers Blountsville, AL.