“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for thy love is better than wine.” (Song of Solomon 1:2, KJV)
When God created Adam from the “dust of the ground” and “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” then Adam became a “living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV). Some commentators have called this scene “God’s kiss.” The spiritual counterpart isn’t Christian conversion or our daily walk in the Word. It’s anointing.
The word of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit, is like fire (Jeremiah 23:29). Have we felt his words scorch our minds and hearts (Hebrews 4:12)? Do we feel unclean in God’s presence as a result? Has God then anointed us with his kiss?
Isaiah felt God’s scorching fire. This young man had a vision of God in the temple, the year King Uzziah died (Isaiah 6:1). Immediately he cried, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (6:5)* Why? Isaiah knew that he, a pure and holy prophet of God, was “a man of unclean lips” (6:5). He didn’t say he had an unclean heart, mind, hands, or feet – just “unclean lips.” Again, why? What had he said in the past to deserve such self-loathing? Isaiah certainly wasn’t guilty of gossip, blasphemy, lies, or swearing. His identity as a prophet of God hung on the truth of his words. Unlike the false prophets of Jeremiah’s time, Isaiah was careful to speak only what God had revealed to him. Yet in his purity, he knew that all mankind – even a prophet – is unclean in God’s presence.
Only after Isaiah confessed his sin did God apply the remedy. An angel flew to the prophet with a hot, live coal in his hand (Isaiah 6:6). He touched Isaiah’s mouth with it, cleansing him: “This has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away and your sin purged” (6:7). Only then did God ask for a messenger to his people and Isaiah respond, “Here am I! Send me” (6:9). Without confession, repentance, and divine cleansing Isaiah would have been unfit for the office.
God always makes “his ministers a flame of fire” (Psalm 104:4). Where are these holy men and women today? Where are people like Elijah, Isaiah, and Daniel? Where is the divine anointing? Most self-styled prophets in the media haven’t seen visions of God or been cleansed by his fire. Has anyone been kissed by a live coal from God’s altar? Or is every “prophet” a charlatan?
Do we desire the prophetic office? Do we want to be like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and countless others in the Bible? If so, we must first see what Isaiah saw – a holy God “high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1). Then we must confess like him, “I am a man [or woman] of unclean lips” (6:5). God himself must anoint, or kiss, our mouths with cleansing fire. Only afterward will he place his words there – the Word that is like fire and like the hammer that breaks the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). God can’t trust his holy Word with anyone else.
Woe is me for I’m unclean
For my eyes have seen the Holy King
And He cleansed my lips with a burning fire
And the pillars shook as the angels cried
— “You are Holy” (YouTube)
* All Scripture verses come from the NKJV, unless otherwise noted.