Saturday, September 03, 2016

History of Hyssop

"Take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood… and strike the lintel and the two side posts" (Exodus 12:22).  "Take for him that is to be cleansed… hyssop" (Leviticus 14:4).  "Take… hyssop… for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin" (Numbers 19:6,9).  "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).  "They filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth… He [Jesus] said, It is finished " (John 19:29,30). 

Behold the humble hyssop plant,
A root that sprang from desert ground
That grew where other foliage can't,
Was where the cleansing blood was found. 

Instructions from the great I AM
Regarding hyssop specified
That blood from the Passover lamb
Upon the doors must be applied. 

The leper's cleansing ritual
And waters that would purify, 
Employing hyssop's humble role,
Foreshadowed Christ who came to die.

The history of the hyssop, Lord,
To David's heart had been revealed,
As he cried out to be restored
And by Your cleansing blood was healed.  

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