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The Kiss of Peace

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October 15, 2022 12:30 pm

The Kiss of Peace

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October 15, 2022 12:30 pm

In today's episode Robby discusses the new book "The Kiss of Peace" with author Diane Virginia. As well a deep exploration of the Song Of Solomon with Diane and Jim Graham.

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This is the Truth Network. Kingdom Pursuits, where you hear from ordinary people instilled with an extraordinary passion. Together we explore the stories of men and women who take what they love and let God turn their passion into Kingdom Pursuits. Now, live from the Truth Booth, your host, Robbie Dilmore. Wow, how fun I get to do this show on my anniversary.

I mean, I am so excited in so many different ways because I've been waiting on this show for a few weeks, and you'll understand why that's exciting to me to be able to do on my anniversary as we get into it. So, you know, for a number of weeks, I have a friend who, many that know me know Jim Graham, who's on the Masculine Journey with me, is one of the pastors in—what's the name of the new church, Carolyn? Yeah, we don't have any pastors. You don't have any pastors, but he's one of the— Elders. Elders at—what's the church? The Way, Fellowship of the Triad.

The Way, Fellowship of the Triad. Okay, and so he's a very good friend of mine, and his wife, Carolyn, who you just heard her voice, had suggested to me, she said, you know, I would love to hear Robbie's take on the Song of Solomon from a man's perspective, because I've been studying this Bible study called The Kiss of Peace, a contemporary exploration in the Song of Solomon, by Diane Virginia, or Diane Virginia-Cuneo. And so she said, would you please, please, please interview Diane on your show, right? Yeah. And so here we— You know, I'm thinking, I don't know if I had asked her by then, so you see, I had to ask her, and I had to, you know— She had to make the connection.

Yeah. And so how fun that I have Diane here today. And so we also have Carolyn, who you've been in the midst of her study, right, for how long? Well, it's a 12-week study, and it started in May of last year.

I mean, this year. And 12 weeks. And it's a deep dive. Roughly three months.

Yeah. And so you went on a deep dive with Diane, and so, Diane, welcome. Thank you. It's so exciting to have you here, and God put it on your heart. So, the Song of Solomon to you, I'm very, very curious, because most people that know me know it is my favorite book. So how did God connect you to the Song of Solomon?

What touched your heart? Well, I was doing a walkthrough of the Bible, and so I got to Song of Solomon, and I was asking the Lord to show me Jesus Christ in every book. And so when I got to the Song of Solomon, I immediately saw Jesus, but I was taken aback by the words, let him kiss me with the kisses of his lips. So I shut the book.

But in order to finish my walkthrough, I needed, I wanted to, you know, go straight through. And so I went to prayer, and I realized that it's an allegory of Christ's love for the church. We, you know, there's a spiritual truth that's being explained there through just a natural marriage. So, but it goes beyond that. The Lord's trying to show us there the deep, deep love that beloved Jesus has for us. Yeah, and we're going to dive into that kiss.

I know you're going to enjoy that in so many different ways. So Rachel, as you might imagine, speaking of kiss. All right. So speaking of kiss, your job, Jim, is to tell me who made this quote.

Okay. So speaking of kiss, any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. Who said that? He's a singer from a long time ago. I've never heard him sing.

No. But he might have sung. I'm sure he sang, I'm sure he sang Jesus Love Me At Least. Then it's not who, I was thinking it was, oh gosh, the guy that played God, George, George. Albert Einstein, George Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein.

I don't think George was part of that. Albert, do you like that? You know now that you say that and you remember that was here. Ah, yes. Okay. I'll try to give it to George Burns.

All right. And this person, you can guess who this was. We're going to give Virginia a chance or slash Diane a chance to guess this one.

It's all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he's perfect. Who said that? I don't know. Rachel, you got any idea?

I have no idea. I think it'll make sense to you. It was Mae West. It's all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he's perfect. And I do like this as anonymous. You don't have to figure out who said it, but a smile is the second best thing you can do with your lips. Are you guessing that one, Jim? Yeah. Okay. I'd go for first on that one.

All right. So here we're going to actually get to the Bible riddle in a second, but first let me say this. Joey Adams said, never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you. I like that. Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you.

So with that, here comes your Bible riddle. So I actually love this. This is a very open-ended question. I'm really looking forward to your answer.

I know you've probably thought about it, but I would love to know what you think about it because this is the idea is you're sitting there in your car or listening on the radio. I want you to think about it. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss? Why would that all be an oppression in our hearts and heads forever that Judas betrayed along the eyes idea of never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you?

Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss? If you know the answer to that, Rachel, tell them what they'll win. Well, we still have tickets available for the Renaissance Festival.

The Renaissance Festival is going on in Charlotte. We have eight tickets for you to enjoy. They're actually a $39 value each. So who knows what's eight times 39, Jim? You're smart. It's a lot.

It's got to be pretty close to $340 or something like that. Anyway, the Renaissance Festival, all you have to do is call in and tell me what I really want to know anyway is why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss? 866-348. I know that it requires you to think deeply, but since we're in the Song of Solomon today, you get to think deeply.

866-348-7884, 866-34-TRUTH. So interestingly, I love, love, love what Diane was pointing out because if you go to the first couple of verses in the Song of Solomon, right? Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth because what? Because his love is better than wine.

Right. And so no doubt I, being a man, immediately had a very big struggle with that verse. And you might even know in the second Psalm, he hits it again, you know, I think the way it's, you know, let the king kiss you, lest he be angry. How does it go, Jim?

Something like that? I'm not the Bible scholar you think I am. It is.

Or my wife thinks I am. The second Psalm, kiss the son lest he be angry is actually what that says in the second Psalm. And so interestingly, right, when she describes him in the fifth chapter and she goes into this, as we talked about in Christian Kargai, right, here's this unbelievable ten things that you could, are just going to blow the daughters of Jerusalem's mind when she describes him to him. What she says, last of all, is his mouth is most sweet. Well, interestingly, that word that's translated sweet there in Hebrew is actually the word taste.

All right? So what that's saying is his taste is unbelievably sweet, is most sweet. Now the interesting thing about that is that apparently he has a taste for Jim Graham. I'm just saying.

Kind of scary. And he has a taste for Carolyn. And if you're listening, I'm guessing he has a taste for you, right? And therein lies something that is just absolutely spectacular because in that idea of taste has to do with union. When you smell something, right, which Song of Solomon is all about smell. It's all about taste. When you begin to smell something, wow, that smells pretty good, Jim. You experienced that at Brazilian Steakhouse, right? I do. We're coming to an anniversary.

Any other places. So it's all about the taste. We're going to be right back. But really, I want your calls.

Why do you think Jesus portrayed Jesus with a kiss? 866-34-TRUTH. You're listening to the Truth Network and truthnetwork.com. Welcome back to Kingdom Pursuits, where we hear how God takes your passion and uses it to build the Kingdom. And today, oh, I'm having so much fun.

So much fun with my friends, Diane, Virginia, and Carolyn and Jim Graham with her book, Diane's book, The Kiss of Peace, a contemporary exploration into the Song of Solomon, a Bible study. And at the end of the last segment, you might have heard me mention that our riddle for today, which I'm very excited, and even though this riddler may have the answer that you were thinking of, I would love to have more than one answer. And we'll come up with something from the Kingdom Pursuits Prize Vault from you, even though it looks like Gina is going to get the tickets.

But why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss? So, Gina in Mount Holly, North Carolina, you're on the Christian Car Guys show. Good morning, Gina. We lost Gina. No, Gina's there. Gina, can you hear me now? Do you have your phone on speaker?

Are you—have the radio on in the background? Well, we're going to put it on hold, and maybe you can—oh, I dropped it. So, we need Gina to call back, because I was so excited to see what Gina had as an answer.

I would be excited what you're thinking. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss? And so, we left our hero, right, the Shulamite woman in the Song of Solomon. She was wanting him to kiss her with kisses of his mouth, because his love is better than wine. And so, that was the entry point for you, right? Like, what is this? And so, the first chapter of your book, shockingly, is the kiss. And so, take us into that a little bit. Well, there in the first couple of lines, you see so much. You see, even in the stage name, this is a stage, it's a play. And I think God makes it that way so that we can experience it. That's something that I noticed, you know, if there's going to be actors in a play, that we're supposed to experience it.

So, I wrote the book that way for—so that the reader could experience it. And, you know, Bible study portions also. But right there in that first line, beloved Solomon, you see that it's Jesus right from that, because who is more loving than our beloved Jesus? And who has more peace than him? And Solomon comes from shalomah, which means peace. And then we also see the communion cup, which for the Hebrew, that would be their marriage covenant. If the bride sipped from the cup, then she was saying yes to the proposal of marriage. So, we see there that it's a wedding taking place.

No, isn't that awesome? And the word aion, which is wine in Hebrew, is this really cool word that, by the way, if you loved the Song of Solomon, you can see very much the connection between aion and the word dove. They're very much connected. And because the letter yud, which is the first letter in wine, and it's also the first letter in the word dove, has to do with this light that comes from God. And then there's this—you hear the i, you can hear that, that's where the yud is, and then you hear the nn sound, which that's the letter nun, and that has to do with the light of faith. And so, when you think about communion, just what you described, right, is that, number one, we have faith in God, but bigger than that, the part that always blows my mind, he has faith in me.

Wow. And to think that his love is, right, better than which wine gets better with age, right, as our relationship gets better with age, and there's so much iffy, and there's so much imagery there, right? You could spend a day or two or a whole show just on, you know, that kiss. And there's a choosing there.

She has to choose to sip from the cup. So, you know, we have to choose to have that communion with beloved Jesus. And so much of your experience there, because I don't think it's a book, I think it's experience, right? And so the way you experience it as a story is why Jesus taught in parables, right? People understand things in the format of a movie, right, or a story. I don't know if you ever heard this. I love that Rich Christiano is a movie producer, a wonderful one, and he used to go speak in churches that would get upset because he was doing these movies. And he would say, okay, how many of you remember what the pastor slash lead teacher said last week?

And of course, nobody can raise their hand. And he said, okay, how many people in the audience know what the dog in the Wizard of Oz's name is? And the point is, right, that we process things through story. And that's how we get context of things.

And so that is no doubt why we have this unbelievable book that gives us this story that we can relate to in so many different ways. We have Gina back, which I'm very excited about that. So Gina, you are on Kingdom Pursuits. Good morning. Hey, good morning. How's everybody? I am so grateful you called back.

I'm so sorry that I dropped your call. But why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss of all things? Hard to say. It's probably to me because a kiss is such a show of affection and respect. And there was a, there's a proverb that says about the kisses of an enemy. And you can evidently I just think he was, it was just an act of deceit, where he was showing respect, or that's how they showed respect and love. But then the kisses, kisses of an enemy are deceitful and worse than the, you know, the kiss of a friend. Oh, it's horrible, isn't it?

I mean, just unthinkable. And the thought occurs to me, Gina, that the one of the last communions that Judas had with Jesus, right, this is the last moment that he had in heaven, so to speak. For that moment, he was in Jesus's presence, full of news of joy.

And he was actually connected to Jesus through his mouth. And from there, it went downhill. So unbelievable. Well, thank you. Thank you. Thank you for calling in and for sharing that with you, with us. And I hope you enjoy the Renaissance Festival.

Thank you so much and really enjoy your program. It's such a blessing. Thank you so much. Thank you, Gina. God bless. Thank you. Have a good day.

You too. We have Orlando is in High Point. Orlando, you're on Kingdom Pursuits.

Good morning. Orlando, are you there with us? Oh, no. Orlando dropped off because he was thinking that we'd given away the prize. But nonetheless, Orlando, if you want to call back, we would love, love, love for you to call in and share. And so, you know, moving on in this unbelievable, exciting adventure, right, I happen to know for me, you know, the second, to speak to the other thing you were talking about, that's to know is this book about Solomon or is this book about Jesus? Okay, so the second verse, right, it says, right, thy name is an ointment poured forth, therefore the, you know, virgins lovely, right? It's about Jesus, but his stage name is beloved, Solomon. And the bride's name, which is us, is love, which I love. And he calls us love. He does call us love. And so, when you say a name is an ointment poured forth, if you think about what Christ means, you know, that's Jesus's last name.

Did you know that, Carolyn? Jesus, Christ means the anointed, right? Or you might know Messiah means the same thing, the anointed one. Well, just wait a minute, that's an ointment poured forth. Well, that must be Jesus, right? It's pretty much described there as his name is an ointment poured forth. He is the Christ, right? And, you know, the idea of that is, interestingly, that the Jews, when they have to write a Torah scroll, they have to capitalize Solomon's name only in the book Song of Solomon. Oh, that's cool.

Or otherwise they get lashes, right? So, their deal that, you know, that they knew, they know, actually, they don't only know that this is Jesus, they know that this is the Son of God, they know this is the Prince of Peace that's described by Isaiah, right? But they also know that he's, that this is a book of what the Messiah is going to do. Yeah, that is really cool, because in our Bibles, it's not capitalized. And when I put this in play form for everybody, I did capitalize his name and just made a note to the reader that love and beloved Solomon is capitalized.

And if you want to, and I think it's okay. It's okay in Robbie's book. It's the RSV, the Revised Standard Robbie version. The Robbie Standard version. You could call it the Song of Jesus.

Oh, right. Because he is the one who's singing it, by the way. And we're going to find out how sweet his taste is, as we, you know, continue to explore the book forever, right? Because I don't think you can even begin to plumb the depths. I like what Matthew Henry said about the book.

He said, this book is so deep, the elephant could swim around in it. Yeah, it is. It's a life pursuit. Right. And then you get to the third verse, which also blows my mind, right? Which says, it says, draw us and we'll run after thee. The king has brought us into his chamber. Right. We will be glad and rejoice in thee. And we'll remember thy love more than wine. Therefore, the upright love thee. Right, Jim?

Correct. I was kind of hoping my wife would talk more, but she's the thinker and I'm the talker in the family. But one of the things that sort of shocked me and eavesdropping on this 12 week program, I don't think I missed, I think I might've missed one, but I was there for most of the sessions and our house was small enough that while I only participated once or twice by talking, I was listening to everything. And I was rather surprised that two people quit because they said, this is not about Jesus.

And if it's not about Jesus, I don't know that it should be in the Bible, but the two people sitting here, if I've got time during the music between Robbie and Diane, this went from my bottom 15, because I'm a major prude to my top 30 by books of the Bible. There you go. We'll be right back. We have Orlando back and more riddle answers.

You're listening to the Truth Network and truthnetwork.com. Welcome back to Perfect, where we hear how God takes your passion and uses it to build the kingdom. And we're hoping you have a passion for kissing this morning, as we are talking about the Song of Solomon.

We're talking about the kiss of peace, right? A contemporary exploration into the Song of Solomon Bible study. That, by the way, is at kingdompersuits.com. So you can go to kingdompersuits.com and order this amazing Bible study. And again, Virginia's contact information is all there at that website where you can, you know, hook up with her Bible studies that she's doing all the time.

She would love for you to do that. But when we opened the show, we talked about this kiss that Judas gave Jesus. And so we had several riddlers.

I want to answer this, and I'm excited to hear their answers. First off, we got Orlando, and then we have a gentleman in Raleigh, or could be a lady. Just a moment.

So we got Orlando. You're on Kingdom Pursuits. Good morning. Good morning, Robbie. How are you? I am delighted and so excited you called.

I just want to wish you a happy anniversary. I mean, this is awesome. It is, isn't it? What a fun time to experience this. And my old friend, you remember Orlando, Jim. He came to boot camp, what, it's time before last maybe, so it's good to have you back. So yes, I'm going this time too.

Oh, good. In November, you know, my brother's coming. So I'm so excited about that. And he's bringing his grandson. And so we got to bring him a friend.

Are you really? That's exciting. So we've got to boot camp with Orlando and his friend. We all need to be praying about that. So Orlando, why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus for the kiss? Well, it had to be fulfilled, because he was all prophesied.

Ah. It was prophesied, I think, in Psalm 41, somewhere around there. But it also had to prophesy, because he made a treaty or something like that with the Pharisees in the temple to collect 30 silver coins. And that was prophesied in Zachariah, I don't remember what that is, Zachariah something, 14 or 12. I'm not sure what that, but it's there.

And that had to be fulfilled by giving him a kiss. So you've got us all on our Bible apps right this minute to find that prophecy in Psalm 41. I know I'm going to search— I think it's 41-9, 41-10, somewhere around there. I'm not sure. You amazed me, my friend. Well done.

Well done. I'm going to go check it out, and I hope you are. Thank you, Orlando. I'm excited to see you in November. Lord bless you, and we will see each other. We'll pray together. Hallelujah.

He's coming. I know it. I know it. It's such a good answer. You're so amazing. Thank you, Orlando. God bless. Thank you. Bye-bye. All right, so we have a caller from Raleigh.

So, caller from Raleigh, you are on the Kingdom Pursuits. Good morning. Good morning. Yes, this is the real caller.

No, it's not. Good morning, and happy anniversary, my brother. Oh, yes. Thank you. That is so kind. And I am having a really, really happy anniversary, I can tell you.

It's going to be a blast. Thank you. Wonderful. You deserve it.

Yeah, we've gleaned, I guess, Lord, so, so much from your radio station. We leave it on all the time. Well, thank you. And I used to leave it on for my cat, so he wouldn't get lonely. That's wonderful.

For real, man. That's awesome. Anyway, I was thinking, and I thought the gentleman just answered a steal, but then I went with, no, you know, I went with the obvious, I guess, was, you know, because that's the most personal thing, you know. It's showing, there was a relationship there of trust, of love. So I, well, I didn't get this one, but that's okay.

They don't want to just hang up. I think you got it. I think you got it. And I think there's something, in fact, as you said it, God sparked this in my mind. I'm going to bet that almost everybody that's hearing my voice has been betrayed by a kiss. Ah, you may be.

I mean, I'm picturing myself and, you know, if you're listening, you can raise your hand and say, I did this, I went through this. So on my 16th birthday, I was supposed to date a girl named Sue Oskin. My father had given me a new car for my birthday. And I had my new car, I was all excited, drove up into her driveway to take Sue, Truesdale was her name, Sue Truesdale on this date. And as I went up the driveway, my best friend, Brian Youngkin, which I can remember this day, all these names very clearly, he came up the driveway at exactly the same time as me. And he was not only my best friend, he was my point guard on the basketball team.

Oh man. And I said, what are you doing here, Brian? And he said, oh, I'm here to take out Sue. And I said, no, you're not. She's going out with me.

It's my birthday. And she walks out the door and guess who she leaves with? It wasn't me. And thus I was opening the door for Tammy later on.

But I was betrayed by a kiss by two people that day. And I think so that we know that Jesus can relate to that feeling. Yes. Okay. Well, thank you so much. Oh, I am so grateful that you called and shared with me today.

And for listening, it means so much to me. You have a great day. All right.

God bless. Thank you. You too, sir. Bye-bye. You too. Bye-bye.

All right. So speaking of kiss, Carolyn has been waxing eloquent on kissing while we were during the break. And I know you don't want to miss this.

So Carolyn, she's got to talk again and she immediately frowned. What do you want me to say? Yeah, I want you to say what you said during the break.

Go ahead. Well, let me find it again. I'm looking in the Song of Solomon, the Passion translation, which is wonderful.

It wouldn't be the only one I would use, but it certainly can be used as an adjunct when you're studying. So what verse is it? Well, she's getting it there, Diane, and she'll have it in a minute. You know, it's interesting to me that we haven't got past the first verse. Okay.

Here it is. Actually, this is the second verse where it says, So kind are your caresses, I drink them in like the sweetest wine. There is a wordplay in the Hebrew similar to a pun. The word for kisses and the word for take a drink of wine is nearly the same. The implication is seen by ancient expositors is that God's lovers will be drunk with love, the intoxicating kisses of his mouth. The Hebrew word for kiss is neshak, which can also mean to equip or to arm for battle. We need his kisses to become equipped warriors for him.

Yes. Right, right. We exchange our weaknesses for his strength. All we have to do is come, come to him. He kisses us and that's our enablement.

Right. And so for those of you who may wonder what, that's the second verse. Well, the first verse in the Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, is that very word. It is the Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, is the first verse. You could say the Song of Songs, which is the Prince of Pieces. That depends on how you want to say it.

And then let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth. So that's where we're getting that the first verse is the description of the book. And the second verse is what we've been discussing thus far. But again, I love and to me so much of when I read through your study guide, it's about communion.

The entire adventure that you're going to go on, this story, this play, however you want to put it, it's a love story undoubtedly of love stories, is that it is about communion. And when you think about it, in order to put on the full armor of God, apparently the last word in that full armor of God is it's of God. Right. And so, like you just said, to be covered in his kisses is to be armed. Right?

That's right. And so, you know, I hate we're, you know, running up against so much we're going to talk about, but we're not going to be able to cover as much as I would like, but I know. So we're going to come back with one more segment here in a minute. And Jim's got something he wants to say.

We know that we're not going to be able to cover as much as I would like. And Jim's got something he wants to say. We know that Diane's got something to say. And Carolyn also, she's raised her hand. So maybe you've got something to say. And you want to call in.

You can do that at 866-348-7884. One more segment in the Song of Songs, The Kiss of Peace. It's all at KingdomPursuits.com. Welcome back to Kingdom Pursuits, where we hear how God takes your passion and uses it to build the kingdom. And we're having a lot of fun today on my anniversary exploring, right, the Song of Solomon or Diane Virginia's book, as it is on her author page.

It would say Diane Virginia. The Kiss of Peace, a contemporary exploration into the Song of Solomon Bible study, which is there again at KingdomPursuits.com. If you want to get her amazing book, which is, you know, so much is—yeah, I don't think you can spend enough time here getting kisses with the kisses of his mouth. So, so much about that is about communion. And so when you get to the second chapter to move on, you know, a whole chapter, you know, he's taking me into his banqueting house. His banner over me is love, right?

And then it says, stay with me with flagons and comfort me with spreads of apples because I'm sick with love. So that word flagon, again, for you has everything to do with communion, doesn't it? Yes. And so when you do communion, right, you actually use flagons. Yes. We found these raisin cakes, and it just to me was very similar to what we see, the flagon in the Bible. So I use that.

I have, in my program, I have a little dish and I just put those raisin cakes in there and break off a piece. And it's enabled me to very easily have communion every time I go to prayer, which, you know, reminds me of the sacrifice. The bridal price was his death on the cross to redeem us. And it's just, you know, we need to remember him and thank him for the deep, deep sacrifice he gave to redeem us. Right. And so how cool that that verse comes right before his left hand is under my head, right? And his right hand embraces me. And so when you think about it, the verse, it says, comfort me with flagons and stay me with spreads of apples. Holy Spirit.

Right. And the really cool thing is, I don't know if you saw this before, but I couldn't help but note that in the ancient times, this was what they literally did for sick people. Like if you were in the sick bed, this is what they're going to do. They're going to bring you flagons and spreads of apples. Well, if you remember back in the, what, third verse where it says, you know, I sat down under it. He was an apple tree among the trees of the wood.

I sat down under his shed and was completely delighted. His fruit was sweet to my taste. Well, once again, we're coming back to the idea of this kiss, this communion, but this time we're eating from a tree.

Right? And when you think about the idea of what tree means as far as bringing righteousness in the Bible and the idea that all these things, that the sacrifices were done on wood, right? They had to burn them on wood. And the idea that the ark was made out of wood and the idea that obviously Jesus would be hung on a cross is here, right? You're literally taking a bite to an extent of wood, of the fruit of a tree, you know, unlike, you know, some of the other things like the wine that obviously you're going to take. So, you know, and so you have there with the flagons and the apples and when you take communion, but for you, Carolyn, that communion, when you did the Bible study was a big, huge deal, right?

Yeah, it was in the second chapter and they told you to get your elements, you know, and do private communion. So, you know, I had my Welch's and I was looking around the kitchen, what am I going to use for the body? And, you know, I looked at this, look at that, no, that's not going to do, I didn't have any good crackers. So, I had a box of cereal and... Was it Apple Jacks? No, it's like almond, some kind of flakes. Oh, that's even better.

It was good. Did you know that the almond, you know, very cool, is the first thing that fruits in, that buds in Israel. And so the almond branch is always a picture of Christ's leadership because it was Aaron's bud, Aaron's staff was the rod that budded, it's in the Ark of the Covenant. And so an almond, and there's another way to eat of Christ, right? And so you had an almond?

Yeah, there were almonds in this cereal, but I took out a flake, you know, and that's what I used, a big old flake, and it tasted sweet. And I thought, for so long, I have thought, what we use for communion does not taste good. And I thought the body of Christ would taste better. Yes. And so, you know, that's a big part of, you know, and do this in remembrance of me, right, is what he said when you take communion. And you're actually, when you're eating him, right? Just like with anything you eat, you're united with it. Yes.

And once again, you're armored up, right? That's right. It's a kiss.

That's right. And so how fun you get to do these Bible studies with all these wonderful disciples who are as interested in sitting at Jesus's feet as Martha, I mean, excuse me, Mary. Well, actually, I'm not doing the studies.

We train, we've been training up leaders to do the studies, because I wanted to make sure I could do this in a way that glorified Jesus and not one person. And it's really blossomed. It has. And again, the name of it is The Kiss of Peace. It's a contemporary exploration into the Song of Solomon. It's a Bible study leader's guide. It's what it actually is when you look at it. And so, wow, maybe God's calling you to lead such a study.

I happen to know where you could get a ton of information besides the book. It's Robbie's podcast called The Christian Cargai Show. Anyway, we love this stuff. And we love you for listening. And we're so grateful for all of you for being on with us today. Thank you, Diane. And thank you, Carolyn and Jim. And again, you can go to Kingdom Pursuits to find out all about The Kiss of Peace. Meanwhile, stay tuned. You got so much truth coming at you. The song, no, Masked on Journey starts here now at 12 o'clock right now.
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