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by Wayne Blank
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean"
Hyssop was used in the preparations for the first Passover (see also Christ's Passover).
"Then Moses [see The Education Of Moses; also The Baptisms of Moses] called for all the elders [see also The Senate] of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For The Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, The Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you." (Exodus 12:21-23 KJV)
Hyssop was used in various purification ceremonies, as in these examples for lepers, spreading mold in a house, the red heifer and a dead body.
"Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field." (Leviticus 14:4-7 KJV)
Solomon was a student of nature; among many other things, he studied hyssop.
"And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes." (1 Kings 4:33 KJV)
King David spoke of hyssop as a symbol of cleansing, quite possibly thinking of the use of hyssop in Passover.
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7 KJV)
A stalk of hyssop was used to give a drink to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
"After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost" (John 19:28-30 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is meant by "gave up the ghost" in the verses quoted above?