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William Andrew Dillard

There are times when certain verses of scripture appear somewhat strange to the modern reader. An example is Psalm 2:12, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.” Think with me about this verse for a moment. It means something far different to the practice of those who spread their germs by repeatedly kissing a statue.
The context of the second Psalm has as its subject matter the raging of heathen, vain imaginations of people, and kings and rulers of the earth taking counsel together against the LORD (Jehovah), and against His anointed (His Covenant People). They want to break their bands, and cast away their cords. (Moral and spiritual attachments). It is a word picture of modern man in his determination to achieve an ill-conceived utopia apart from any acknowledgment of God. The grace of God allows them to continue to do this for a limited time.
Meanwhile, God shall laugh, and have them in derision, and shall vex them in his sore displeasure. The Son of God is given the heathen for inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for possession. He shall indeed break the nations with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. In view of that fact, the admonition and instruction of wisdom is written in the eternal Word: “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 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.”
To kiss is to join with the mouth. “Kiss” is the translation of the Hebrew word, “Nashaq.” In Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies, the Hebrew term is defined as “to kiss by joining the mouth to the mouth or hand of another in token of the friendly, affectionate union of hearts or of reverence and subjection.” (Page 239). Two really important accomplishments with the mouth are ingestion for nourishment, and projection of communication of the thoughts of the mind. Then one should discern from the terminology that to kiss the Son implies one should ingest in subjection the Word and Will of the Son. Furthermore, that one should then project from the mouth that which is sanctified and holy, even such as becomes the Son. Applied to modern day judges and governmental leaders, it seems a tall expectation indeed. In fact, it might just be considered such when applied to ministers and other church members. But all may rest assured that wisdom and life lies in the Son. He will be kissed in subjection and affection or those who refuse will be dashed in pieces in irrevocable judgment.

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Betrayed with a Kiss

Matthew 26:47-50

“Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast,” Matthew 26:48.

A kiss is mainly connected with actions of endearment and in eastern countries, it is a common greeting. However, in our Scripture reading today it is a sickening sign of betrayal.
Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament explains the kiss of Judas like this: “and Judas chose that sign and actually ‘kissed him fervently’ (katephilesen, verse 49), though the compound verb sometimes in the papyri has lost its intensive force. Bruce thinks that Judas was prompted by the inconsistent motives of smoldering love and cowardice. At any rate this revolting ostentatious kiss is ‘the most terrible instance of the hekousia philemata echthrou (Prov. 27:6),’ the profuse kisses of an enemy (McNeile).”
The coward Judas went to Jesus and kissed Him, not the kiss of one who loved Him but in pretense because Judas loved his possessions and position (he kept the money bag) more than he loved Jesus. He flagrantly disregarded Jesus’ fatherly love and forgiveness for him and did not love in return.
Sadly, we, too, at times, have Judas’ tendencies. We betray Him by singing, “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” but do not do the things He asks us to do. We inconsistently attend His churches and haphazardly follow His leadership not by faith but by sight.

Are you a friend or foe of Jesus? Do you honestly love Him with all your heart, soul and mind? Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Prov. 27:6).

Beverly Barnett

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