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Hyssop

The hyssop of Bible History was a plant that was used to brush the blood of the Passover lamb to the Israelite door frames. It was later used in various other purification ceremonies, and as an analogy for cleansing, either as a reference to its use in the Exodus, or because of a particular quality of the plant itself. The use of hyssop in the founding of Passover was again made evident when the Lamb of God was sacrificed; a branch of hyssop was used to offer Him a drink of Vinegar.

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean"

Hyssop was used in the preparations for the first Passover (see also Christ's Passover).

Hyssop

"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)

"And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean" (Leviticus 14:49-53 KJV)

"And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even." (Numbers 19:6-7 KJV)

"And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even." (Numbers 19:18-19 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?
See Giving Up The Ghost


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