David: a leader gives leadership gifts. When they give, others follow their example. Not only did he understand the importance of integrity ("I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.") but he expected others to sacrifice as well—and they did.

Solomon: the extravagant giver. Everything extraordinary in size and quality: 3000 proverbs, 1005 songs, a splendid Temple and palace. When he gave, he didn't hide it or shy away from recognition.

Elisha: his gift to the widow was not money but the gift of an opportunity to create a profitable business to support her family. He told her to get all her neighbors involved ("not just a few") by giving her their empty jars. She then sells the oil to pay her debts and is able to live on what is left.

The Wise Men: team givers, working with others but also having a unique contribution. They shared the risk. And they came, contributed and departed. No evidence that they expected Mary and Joseph to report a year later ...

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