Hyssop

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.” Psalm 51:7-9

Hyssop, do you know what it is?

It’s a plant that shows up several times in the Scripture. For someone with a skin disease to be declared ceremonially clean, hyssop, scarlet yarn, cedar wood and blood were needed. If there was mold in a home, hyssop was used. Hyssop was the makeshift brush used to paint the doorframes of the houses of the children of Israel with the lamb’s blood. As the death angel passed through Egypt it passed over the houses with the blood.

Hyssop was used to exemplify cleansing, protection, freedom, and life.

This plant then also shows up in the New Testament, at the crucifixion when they tried to give Jesus something to drink. Hyssop is what was used to hold the sponge. Just like the blood was put on the doorframes of the houses in Egypt, it was on Jesus, the True Door of our freedom from sin and death.

David knew it was used for cleansing. He cried out for it to be used on his heart.

Today Lord, I am coming for You to search my heart. Is there anything standing between me and You? If so, please forgive me and like David, cleanse my heart.




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