The Bible talks about kissing in several contexts, the most familiar one, of course, being the kiss from Judas on Jesus as Judas betrayed Jesus, so much so, that the phrase “kiss of death” that is used to signify this event is now part of Merriam-Webster’s Top 10 words from the Bible. Then we have the manner in which, one is to greet/salute each other with a holy kiss or kiss of love (Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26, 1 Peter 5:14) and the kiss that Isaac sought of Esau his son, that Jacob stole deceiving his father for his blessings (Genesis 27:25-27). The kiss on Jacob was a kiss of deception and the kiss of Judas was a kiss of death. But the Bible also teaches us of another type of kiss, a kiss not of deception or death, but of dedication. The Psalmist expresses that we ought to Kiss the Son lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (Psalm 2:12). Kiss the Son, what does that mean? This means that we ought to pay homage as servants who are dedicated to a master and show reverence to the Son of God (Jesus Christ). In fact, Jesus himself recognized the importance of the kiss of dedication when he asked Simon the disciple, as to where his kiss from Simon was, while pointing out that the woman who had a heart of devotion, seeking Jesus for forgiveness had not ceased to kiss his feet in dedication. (Luke 7:44-50). We ought to be expressing our dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ as well. God expects a kiss of devotion and dedication, not deception or death. He expects a kiss from the brokenhearted not the betrayer.
Point(s) to ponder:
1. If Jesus was to tell you/me what He told Simon,”Thou gavest me no kiss”, what would your/mine response be? Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, ~ Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Genesis 27:25-27 (KJV)
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.|
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:
Psalm 2:12 (KJV)
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Luke 7:38-39; 44-50 (KJV)
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.