GLEANINGS FROM THE SCRIPTURES
Kiss the Son
By Keith L. Estes
David writes in Psalm two about the rulers of the nations rejecting the Son. He foretold the rejection of God's Son by the rulers of the nations. However the Psalm is known as "The coronation of the Lord's anointed." God laughs at the puny efforts of mankind that endeavor to frustrate His plan. God's Son will eventually rule the universe and everyone in it. The following scripture is Psalm two; in its entirety.
"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree; The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 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."
Let's consider the statement, "Kiss the Son," found in this Psalm. To American teenagers a kiss can be considered embarrassing especially if done in front of their peers. In other nations it's not the same. When we first noticed some of the customs of the eastern nations, especially men kissing men on both cheeks, it was amusing. I no longer see it as amusing. I have developed a different philosophy about kissing. Let me explain.
There is the kiss that a child expects before bedtime, perhaps even demands, right after the third bedtime story and the final drink of water. There is the quick kiss to the wife by a husband who is rushing off to work. There is a society kiss. The ladies touch cheeks and kiss the air. Make-up is not disturbed by this type of kiss. Then there is the Hollywood kiss that we see on the silver screen or television. This is the hot endless kiss that producers think that everyone wants to see from every angle instead of being in the privacy of the bedroom. Also there is the kiss that the person, trying to climb higher in the workplace, uses with his boss. This is a more figurative kiss and says, "I owe every thing, in climbing the ladder, to you." Next is the kiss of betrayal or the Judas kiss. This is the deceitful kiss. It says, "What I will get by betraying you is worth more to me that what I can receive by loving and honoring you."
Verse twelve of the second Psalm reads, "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."
We have determined that this Son to be kissed is Jesus Christ the Son of God. The question is, "What kind or type of kiss is expected?" Before that question is answered, let's consider this, everything was created by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. We are His creation. He has made us and not we our selves. We are not God We are His creation. The creator is greater than His creation. To Kiss the Son really means to SUBMIT to the Son. Submission to our Creator is required of us. If we refrain from doing this we become rebels and God's wrath abides upon us. We might say it another way, "Submit to the Son, lest He become angry. It's not a blind submission out of fear but rather a loving caring relationship that enhances our lives.
Kissing the Son brings with it a special blessing. "Blessed (happy) are they that put their trust in him.
Reference: Psalm 2, Rev. 2:12, Acts 4:25-27, 13:33, The Holy Bible.