On the Fifth Day of Christmas, we recall “Five Golden Rings. While the prevailing image of our modern, materialistic culture would like to focus on these rings as valuable jewels to be owned and worn, in fact, the Golden rings refer to the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Hebrew “Torah,” or also as the “Pentateuch,” which means the “five vessels.” These indeed are precious jewels, not to be worn, but to be cherished as a gift from our Creator.
The books of the Pentateuch are:
The reading of these books not only put on display mankind’s historical sinful failure, but also illuminates God’s graceful response to His creation.
No doubt there are some very hard lessons to be learned in these books, but they are the foundation of our beliefs. Without these books, the “rest of the story” would have little to no discernible context.