Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
We all need to be corrected…..and we are very fortunate, if a friend comes to us and tells us what we need to hear…..because they love us.
As Hebrews says, correction is grievous…..but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)…to them that are exercised by it.
But…..the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
An enemy does not care about us….they will flatter….not because they care….but to gain from us….or mock us….when we fall.
And such an enemy, we all will experience, sometime…….and it is a warning to us all….not to be tricked by flattery….or show;….
….but to value true friends….who tell you the truth….in love. (Ephesians 4:14-15)
Jesus was betrayed by a kiss:
Luke 22:47-48 “And while He yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss Him.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?”
In the Hebrew tradition, a kiss was the sign of friendship and affection, and a deliberate yielding of my will, as a matter of principle and duty, to another.
A kiss was given to one that was a friend or relative…..for it was a sign, not only of affection , but of loyalty.
There is the kiss of the Father toward the Prodigal Son….”and he fell on his neck and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
That kiss said everything to the boy who ran away from duty and His Father’s house. That kiss said, “I forgive and love you,….welcome home, son.”
There is the kiss of the woman on Jesus feet…..for the love of One who could save her from her sins.
……Luke 7:44-46) “….she hath washed my feet with tears….this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet….this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.”
There is the holy kiss of brotherhood and submission to one another……Romans 16:16 “Salute one another with a holy kiss….”.
And again this shows friendship and loyalty.
So how terrible was the kiss of betrayal?
When Judas went to betray Jesus…..he went to the chief priests for money….”What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:15)…
…the sign he gave them was a kiss.
What kind of monster was he…….that he would use the very sign of friendship and submission…..to bring death to One who had admitted him into His discipleship ?
In the Old Testament, there are prophesies concerning Christ’s coming….in humiliation….
….and the betrayal of “mine familiar friend”…
Psalm 41:9 “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”
…and the thirty pieces of silver was prophesied of, as well.
Zechariah 11:12 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.”
But the means of betrayal….the kiss….was Judas way of pouring contempt upon the Lord!
It was not just hypocrisy….it was vicious malice. It was Judas’ desire to to pour upon Jesus’s heart…..true pain.
Matthew 26:48-49 “Now he that betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying. Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He: hold Him fast.
And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him.”
Judas could have come with the multitude to take Jesus, by pointing Him out.
But no,…..Judas wanted it to hurt….to humiliate….to despitefully use Him…
….and so he chose a kiss to betray Christ.
Even then, Jesus speaks to Judas….not to the multitude, yet….but to one who could still turn and seek forgiveness, then….
Matthew 26:49-50 “And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him.
And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come?…..”
Luke 22:48 “But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?”
“Here Judas, is an opportunity to repent and get My forgiveness….if you will just confess to Me…nothing will change,….but you can be saved.”
But he is silent…..backing away from the only One who could forgive him….and is lost….later throwing away the money he had gained….and his life. (Matthew 27:3-5)
Then Jesus, though betrayed,….speaks in power to this mob, who had come with “lanterns and torches and weapons.” (John 18:3)
John 18:4-6 “Jesus….went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus saith unto them, I am He….
As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”
They could not stand before the Son of God! He spoke and they fell backward….totally unable to stand before Him, or touch Him….if He would but speak the Word!
(They fell backward….not forward in submission to Him….but backward showing that they must bow….if He would but speak.)
He waited for them to rise…..for all things had been brought about…..for the Purpose of God for our salvation.
He was taken…..”led as a lamb to the slaughter….and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation?
For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death;
because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He hath put Him to grief:
when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed,
He shall prolong His days,
and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
Because He died, and was risen again…..we are in His hand forever.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,….let us submit ourselves unto our Friend Jesus….and His corrections…….and stay away from flattering and deceitful kisses.
The truth is always harder to hear…..but lies are much harder to live with.