Bread – Kiss

January 15, 2016


Psalm 2

“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  Ps. 2:12

I have been thinking about this all week, and as I write this I am no closer to deep insight about what this means.

In today’s modern Western culture, the word “kiss” is basically known as the intimate actions before sexual intercourse.  So there is that blockage to understanding.  On top of that, how do you kiss God?  Have a hard time figuring this one out too.  Then there is the connection between kissing and avoiding wrath.  Why should God be mad with me when I don’t do what I can’t do anyway?

Yet, there it is.  “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry.”  So, we have to deal with it.

And how we can deal with it is to realize that there is an older, deeper meaning to the action of kissing.  Kissing is also the act of showing homage or obedience.  We still do that today.  In some cultures, kissing shows respect and friendship.  In some churches today, we may kiss the ring of a church official or may kiss an icon to show deference to the church or its officials or to Christ, the son.  In Romans, Paul says to the Christians to greet each other with a holy kiss.  Rom. 16:16.

And, indeed, there are Scripture translations which substitute “homage” for “kiss.”  For example, the NASB says “Do homage to the Son, lest He become angry…” Ps. 2:12.

But somehow, I still find this unhelpful, so I asked myself what goes into kissing.  First of all, it is personal.  To do it, we have to engage the other thing or person we are kissing, look at it or the person, and contemplate it.   We have to make a decision about what is the best way to do it in the circumstances.  We have to be deliberate.  We have to be accurate (it does no good to miss the thing we are aiming at to kiss).

Yes, kissing the Son shows respect, caring, and obedience in the old sense of the word.  But it also demonstrates something more.  To kiss the Son, we have to recognize that He is there, we have to be deliberate in our intent to honor Him, we have to put ourselves out of our position and exercise initiative, we have to set aside perhaps our pride, and we have to use our mouths.

I said earlier that, how is it possible to kiss God?  Well, God never gives us a command that we have no means of fulfilling, because He provides the power and the means.  So by what power and by what means does Christ give us the ability to kiss Him?

And then I started to chuckle, because the answer is before us every Sunday.  He said it Himself – “Take, eat; this is My body.”  Matt. 26:26

We call it communion.  How do we kiss Jesus.  We follow His command to participate in the Lord’s supper.

We do not have to just kiss Jesus mentally or emotionally, He has given us the means to kiss Him physically.

Holy communion.  Holy kissing.  The command of the Psalm made possible by the command of Christ instituting the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) and made complete by our obedience.

Our homage to Christ is our obedience to His commands.  Our obedience to His commands includes participation in His meal.  Our participation in His meal is kissing the Son.

Come, let us adore Him and pay homage to Him and kiss Him and eat of the bread and wine, His body and blood.  And be grateful.

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© 2016 GBF

All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

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