Sunday, 20 May 2018

Biblical Hyssop “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

Biblical Hyssop “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
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Since people in the biblical era did not have access to the products we do today, they often relied on naturally occurring resources such as plants, animal byproducts, and minerals for cleaning, cooking, food, medicine, and more.

Hyssop, a herb in the mint family with cleansing, medicinal, and flavouring properties, was prolific in the Middle East and was used in a variety of ways.

Hyssop is also used symbolically in the Bible.
When the Israelites marked their doorposts with lamb’s blood in order for the angel of death to pass over them, God instructed them to use a bunch of hyssop as a “paintbrush” (Exodus 12:22).

This was probably because hyssop was sturdy and could withstand the brushing, but it also likely signified that God was marking His people as “pure” and not targets of the judgment God was about to deal out to the Egyptians.

Hyssop also appears at Jesus’ crucifixion, when the Roman soldiers offered Jesus a drink of wine vinegar on a sponge at the end of a stalk of hyssop (John 19:28–30).

This was, in fact, Jesus’ last act before He declared His work on earth finished and gave up His spirit.
While the hyssop stalk may have been used for purely practical purposes (i.e., it was long enough to reach to Jesus’ mouth as He hung on the cross), it is interesting that that particular plant was chosen.
It is possible that God meant this as a picture of purification, as Jesus bought our forgiveness with His sacrifice.
Just as in the Old Testament blood and hyssop purified a defiled person, so Jesus’ shed blood purifies us from the defilement of our sin.

Hyssop corresponds to the element of fire and the energy of the planet Jupiter. It's action is masculine in nature. Hyssop is primarily used for purification and protection.

Branches of hyssop can be used to sprinkle water when asperging people or sacred space or to sprinkle water around an area as part of a protective ritual. Try using it to sprinkle holy water around your home during your home cleansing ritual. Alternatively, it can be burned as a fumigant for this purpose, if you prefer.

Hearth Witches may wish to infuse hyssop into your wash water to cleanse your floors, windows, and door jams to clear away negative energy and curses and to prevent more negativity from entering.

Hyssop is also a valuable addition to any ritual bath for breaking hexes and curses.

Hyssop can be carried or worn to protect from negativity. It can be added to protective sachets for this purpose or infused into a liquid and applied to the skin.

Hyssop is associated with dragons and it is said that burning it will assist your interactions with them.

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