Ah, the Kiss – Do you remember when Jacob kissed Rachel? Check this out – I bet we will see this on Hallmark Movie night in Heaven.
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. (Gen 29:11 NASB)
In Psalm 2 we are told:
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:12 NIV)
Now to the Song.
Here, in the song, we are introduced to the voice of the maiden. We'll learn much about her in coming weeks. But our first glimpse of her tells us she is smitten. A man, familiar perhaps and a part of her daily life, has caught her passion. She wants to know him, but they are just acquaintances. They pass one another in the village square but have not connected in any real way. You might say she is an admirer of this Shepherd King.
The opening line belongs to the maiden.
May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! - Song of Songs 1:2)
The approach we're taking to this wonderful song places us squarely in the place of a maiden crying out for a kiss from the mouth from her would be lover. I told you that the maiden represents each of us as passionate believers. Our walk of passion begins right here, with a desire for kisses from the mouth of the Lord Jesus. This may seem strange if you are a man, but stay with me here.
Let's take a slight liberty with words here, to help us understand the heart of the Spirit in these words. May He kiss me with the kisses of His Word. There—I know I feel better already.
We are going to see in this Song dozens, maybe hundreds, of word pictures, and Here's our first.
Since, for our purposes we are going to consider this Shepherd King to be Jesus, a kiss from His mouth – would be His Word.
When we look at the mouth of the Lord in the scripture we are usually looking at His Word and His speech. For example
- …For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 1:20, 40:5, 58:14 NIV)
- Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12 NASB)
The Word of God is food to us, bread, the bread of life.
- In Matthew 4:3,4 Jesus tells us "man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."
- In Matthew 6:11, in the Lord’s prayer, Jesus asks God to give us each day our daily bread.
- God gives us bread not stone as a good Father in Matt 7:9.
- Matthew 26 shows us that the broken body of Jesus is the broken bread of communion.
- John tells us that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
- We understand that healing is the children’s bread from Mark 7:27.
When I speak of the Word of God, what comes to mind may be a leather bound stack of paper beside your reading chair, or perhaps the app on your communication device. Maybe you think of your pastor delivering a sermon.
But God speaks to—kisses—us in so many ways today. First and foremost he speaks to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us His words are spirit and life. This is the kiss I'm looking for. The kiss of the voice of Jesus through Holy Spirit leading and guiding, nudging and prodding.
Kiss me with the kisses of Your word!
This divine kiss speaks of the favor, blessing, salvation, healing and reconciliation offered to us freely in this day of His favor and grace. All that is available to any man by faith through Word of God (a.k.a. Jesus.)
Hallelujah - that is some kiss!
Join me in asking the Father for the divine kiss from the mouth of Jesus.
Kiss me with the kisses of your Word.
Come back soon.