A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20
The Lord gave me new understanding concerning the prodigal son, who is being referenced in this verse as he is received with open arms by his father. This refreshing rain of revelation blessed me immensely, and I am confident it will do the same for you.
The Lord kept putting the father’s kiss to the son’s neck in my spirit. Although the Bible does not expressly state that the father kissed his boy’s neck, it is a sound conclusion to draw. Because this loving daddy “fell” on his neck, he also kissed him there as well.
My spirit is in agreement with this adoring act. I believe this to be true because of my relationship with each of my two sons: one (the older), I kiss on the side of his head; and the other (the younger and newer), I kiss on his neck. I am drawn to these areas on each of my boys for very deliberate reasons, which is a form of spiritual intercession. My oldest needs protection for his mind (head), and my youngest needs protection from the ways of the world (neck).
The neck is a very significant area, as it represents “decision-making, influence, subjection, victory, dominion, pride, self-willed, unbelief, stubbornness” (© 2010. Milligan. Understanding the Dreams You Dream; © 2011. Thompson and Beale. The Divinity Code; © 2011. Traut. Interpreting Dreams).
It is a well-established truth that the father in this parable represents God the Father, and the prodigal son represents every one of us because of our sin (although sadly, many have not yet returned home, and still many more will choose to never return). But have you ever spent time focusing on the significance of the father’s kiss? I know I haven’t until God brought it alive for me.
The prodigal son grew stiff-necked toward his father because of pride, and the world’s influence on him; thus making the choice to forsake the dominion of his daddy for the dominion of the world. This deceived soul didn’t think about the ramifications of trading in this righteous dominion, which was his inheritance, for the world’s defiled dominion, which would condemn him into bondage.
After being tricked by the false allure and empty promises of the world; this young man is beat down, berated, stripped of everything, and left to feed with the pigs in the sty. Our study verse picks up where this humbled, scared, and wounded son, on his last leg of desperation, is returning home in hopes that his daddy would accept him even as a servant.
Not only has his father been eagerly waiting for him to come home, and not only has this faithful father already planned to restore this son to his rightful place and position, but in an act of unfathomable submission and remission, this love-struck daddy falls on his son’s neck and kissed him.
The Greek word for “fell” as used in this verse is epipito (pr. ep-ee-pip-to), which is “to embrace (with affection), press upon.” His “neck” (trachelos, pr. trakh-ay-los) is “through the idea of mobility, life.” And the father’s “kiss” is “a covering, covenant, reconciliation, identification, blessings” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Traut).
What the father did in this amazing act was to re-affirm his covenant with his precious seed and bring him back under his protective covering, reclaim and re-establish his son’s identity which was taken by the world, and restore every blessing that was lost and stolen. This gracious parent kissed life back into his son.
Out of all the Gospels, only St. Luke could bring forth the full magnitude of this powerful parable, because Luke was a physician; and true restoration can only occur when one has been kissed by our Jehovah Rapha, Who is The Lord our Healer. Equally as astounding is the numbers that this poignant kiss occurs, which is Luke 15:20. The number ‘15’ represents “deliverance, freedom, grace, liberty, honor”; and ‘20’ is “approved, accepted” (© 2011. Traut). What a kiss!
Everything we need: love, acceptance, healing, forgiveness, identity, sense of belonging, son-ship, redemption, and restoration is found in the eternal kiss of the Father. Do you long for a kiss from your Daddy, my brother? Need a selfless kiss from lips that love you with an unconditional and everlasting love, my sister? Then lean to one side and press in to the arms of the One who longs to love you the way you need to be loved.
Father, we long for Your healing and redemptive kiss. We have so many unhealed hurts inside of us that no one knows about but You. We cry out to You to kiss these areas and make them all better. Help us to experience everything we need, which is found in Your great love for us that was demonstrated through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Look for us eagerly, Daddy, and usher us back home with Your great love. And then when You see us coming down the road, broken, humbled, rejected, dejected, and afraid, fall on our neck and greet us with Your amazing kiss. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are home in Your house, safe in your arms, and doted on by Your kiss. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the world’s false affection for the true love of the Father. Choose to reject the cold shoulder of the world for the loving arms of your Divine Daddy. Learn to find your identity in the Image of the Creator. And continue to fight the good fight of sticking out your neck; for God, your Seal of Approval, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2015, unless otherwise noted.