On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .
Five golden rings.
When we get to day five in the song, the music slows down, and we take a break from birds to focus on something that most everyone finds valuable – gold. It would only make sense for a true love to give golden rings to his beloved. Actually, the five rings is where we see another variation on the lyrics. Sometimes it is golden rings and other times gold rings. Believe it or not, the gold rings actually stand for pheasants.
The four colly birds stood for the first four books of the New Testament. Today’s five pheasants can stand for the first five books of the Old Testament. These books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) are called the Pentateuch.
What stands out to me is that three of the five days have been focused on scripture. That should be a reminder to us about how important the Word of God is. If you haven’t yet read through the Christmas story, read Luke 2:1-20. If you have already, look at Matthew’s version, Matthew 1:18-25.