February 6, 2007

Cleaning

I received a prayer letter from a Reston Bible Church missionary today, and they opened it with Psalm 51:7, "Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

What is hyssop?

The original Hebrew doesn't tell you much other than it's a plant.

So, I did a little further digging, and found that apparently it grows on walls and rocks, and was often used to make brooms.

Now the picture makes a bit more sense. The Law uses this very common picture of house cleaning to depict what God wants to do in us.

I also find it interesting that during the original passover, hyssop was used to paint the blood around the doors.

So, the plant that comes from the walls that people use to clean, was used to cover the walls in the blood to represent the cleansing of the people from their sins.

Beautiful!

Tim
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