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The New Testament word “worthy” or “worth” basically refers to weight. It refers to a time when people did business with coins that were minted with the exact amount of metal that the coin declared to be its value. To put it into our thinking, a $20 gold piece contained $20 worth of gold.

However as coins were used repeatedly, they were subject to wear. In passing from hand to hand, a coin lost its value because it lost some of its weight. It lost some of its worthiness. Consequently, a handful of coins would be weighed to show their adequacy or insufficiency in making a purchase.


But Christ is forever worthy. His worthiness does not diminish. Christ was worthy of the praise of the angels, the shepherds, and the magi.

(Seasoning the Season, Mainstay Church Resources)

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