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MYRRH    7'0m2f The significance of gold, incense and myrrh

MOM -- (enters crosses) Oh, there you are, Elizabeth. Our guests 
from room 107 have checked out. And I've decided to move baby 
Jesus and his family from the stable into 107. Can you get it 
cleaned up right away?

LIZ -- (enters opposite) Yes, Mother, but...

MOM -- ...Mind you, you don't have to do a terrific job of 
cleaning it. The family is dirt poor. I'm sure they can't afford 
to pay full price for a deluxe room like 107.

LIZ -- Yes, Mother, but....

MOM -- ...I don't know why I'm being so nice to that family. You 
know, I heard that the mother got pregnant out of wedlock.

LIZ -- Yes, Mother, but....

MOM -- Well, don't just stand there, girl. There's work to do.

LIZ -- I've been trying to tell that there's a caravan coming.
(points to exit)

MOM -- A caravan?! 

LIZ -- Yes.

MOM -- You mean camels?

LIZ -- Lots of camels.

MOM -- Forget about moving the baby into room 107. People in 
caravans usually have a lot of money. They'll pay full price for 
a nice room like 107. Maybe even a little extra. (crosses by 
Liz) You didn't tell them the price of the room, did you?

LIZ -- No, mother, but...

MOM -- Good. While you're at it. Get the purple bed spreads from 
the linen closet and put them on the beds in 107. 

LIZ -- Yes, mother, but....

MOM -- The people in the caravan, they did look like they have a 
lot of money, didn't they?

LIZ -- Yes, mother but....

MOM -- Well, get a move on. We've got paying customers coming.

LIZ -- Mother, I think there's something special about that 
baby.

MOM -- Yes, they're all cute and cuddly when they're little. 
When you were that age, you were just adorable. But we can talk 
about that later. Now, get moving. I'll bring them up to the 
room in five minutes.

LIZ -- Yes, mother. (exits, reenters with purple cloth over arm)

MOM -- (exits, reenters with ornate wooden box) Oh, I'm glad I 
caught you. The caravan people are even more wealthy than I 
thought. They brought gold.

LIZ -- A gift for the baby?

MOM -- How did you know?

LIZ -- I told you, mother, he's a special baby. 

MOM -- Anyway, take this gold and lock it in the safe. (pushes 
box at Liz)

LIZ -- Yes, mother. 

MOM -- How is room 107 coming? Is it clean yet?

LIZ -- I haven't started cleaning it yet, Mother.

MOM -- These are very wealthy people, Elizabeth. Get busy.

LIZ -- You asked me to fetch the purple bed spreads, Mother.

MOM -- Go! Get busy. (turns, exits) We haven't got all day, you 
know.

LIZ -- (turns exits) Yes, mother.

MOM -- (reenters with ornate box, shouts) Elizabeth! Where are 
you, girl?

LIZ -- (reenters with cleaning rag) Yes, Mother?

MOM -- Here, take this and lock it up with the other gold, would 
you? (pushes box at Liz)

LIZ -- Yes, Mother.

MOM -- Those men are must be millionaires. There's more gold in 
that box.

LIZ -- For the baby?

MOM -- Yes, for the baby. How did you know?

LIZ -- I told you. He's a very special baby, Mother. Gold is 
symbol of royalty. 

MOM -- Royalty?! 

LIZ -- Yes, he's going to be the king of Israel some day.

MOM -- How could he be royalty? That family is as poor 
as a church mouse.

LIZ -- He's from the family of King David, Mother.

MOM -- How did you know?

LIZ -- Everyone who came to Bethlehem for the Roman census is 
from the family of David, Mother.

MOM -- Oh, yes, of course. Well, in that case. When you're done 
cleaning room 107, move your things out of your room.

LIZ -- My room?

MOM -- (exiting) Yes, we shouldn't have a descendant of King 
David sleeping in a stable. Should we?

LIZ -- No. (turns exits) I'll get right on it.

MOM -- (reenters carrying ornate box, shouts) Elizabeth. Where 
are you, girl?

LIZ -- (reenters) Yes, Mother?

MOM -- Here, take this and put it somewhere, would you? It 
stinks.

LIZ -- It's incense, Mother. It's a gift for the baby, isn't it?

MOM -- Yes. How did you know that?

LIZ -- Incense is a symbol of the priesthood.

MOM -- Don't be ridiculous. The baby can't be priest. 

LIZ -- Sure he can.

MOM -- No, he can't. The priests in Israel are from the family 
of Levi. King David's family is from the family of Judah.

LIZ -- I told you, Mother. This is a very special baby. He is a 
priest on the order of Melchizedek.

MOM -- You know, Elizabeth, that's why you're not married. 
You're too smart. No man likes a woman who's too smart. You 
should concentrate on the important things of life, like 
cleaning rooms. Is 107 clean yet?

LIZ -- I was working on it, Mother.

MOM -- Well, get busy. (turns) We haven't got all day.

LIZ -- (turns) Yes, Mother.

MOM -- (turns) Oh, I changed my mind. 

LIZ -- (turns) Yes, Mother?

MOM -- Since the baby is both a king AND a priest, instead of 
putting the family in your room, we'll put them in room 107 and 
(turns exiting) we'll put the people from the caravan in your 
room. Got it?

LIZ -- Yes, Mother.

MOM -- (reenters carrying ornate bottle, shouts) Elizabeth, 
where are you?

LIZ -- (reenters) Yes, Mother? Another gift for the baby?

MOM -- I suppose miss smarty pants probably already knows what 
it is. (pushes bottle at Liz)

LIZ -- Yes, Mother. I'll put it with the other gifts. (turns)

MOM -- Well, what is it? I asked the people in the caravan what 
it was and they didn't tell me. They just made this noise like 
a camel.

LIZ -- (turns back) Myrrh.

MOM -- Yes, that noise there. 

LIZ -- It's not a noise, Mother. MYRRH is the name of a burial 
spice.

MOM -- A burial spice?

LIZ -- Yes.

MOM -- What kind of gift is that for a baby who's going to be a 
king and a priest?

LIZ -- I don't think you want to know, Mother.

MOM -- I want to know. Tell me, what is this gift of mooo.

LIZ -- MYRRH. It's a symbol that tells us that Jesus came to die 
for his people.

MOM -- I knew it. I knew it as soon as I first laid eyes on 
them. Nothing but trouble, I said. Those people are going to be 
nothing but trouble. That's why I told them that there were no 
rooms left here in the inn. "Sleep in the stable," I told them. 
Am I good at reading people or what?

LIZ -- Mother, I...

MOM -- I changed my mind. We'll put the people from the caravan 
are in room 107 and the trouble makers are going to stay in the 
stable.

LIZ -- Mother, the baby isn't going to die right away. Jesus 
won't die for his people until he's old enough to be a priest. 
That's at least thirty years from now.

MOM -- Oh. Why didn't you say so?

LIZ -- Mother, I....

MOM -- So, how many other gifts are these Caravan people going 
to give Baby Jesus?

LIZ -- No more. Just these three.

MOM -- How do you know that?

LIZ -- Three is the number of deliverance in the Bible, Mother. 
Jesus came to deliver his people from their sins. (exits)

MOM -- (follows, shaking finger) You know, Elizabeth, that's why 
you're not married. You're too smart. No man likes a woman who's 
too smart. You should concentrate on the important things of 
life, like cleaning rooms. 

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