Not very long ago I was blessed to experience the Bible stories in a way that I’ve never considered before. I find myself going back through the Bible and delving into many passages that I have read time & time again throughout the years, but this time the perspective has shifted. As a person who loves to study history, science, cultures and language I am in complete awe at just how many times God can continue to reveal Himself in new & mysterious ways in our lives. I’d like to share with you two verses:
“Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door frame. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.” Exodus 12:22
“A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.” John 19:29
The parallels in the Passover and the Crucifixion are not only in the marking of a sacrificial lamb’s blood (literal lamb in the Old Testament and metaphorical “lamb” – Christ – in the New Testament) nor only the symbolism of a wooden door frame in the Old Testament and wooden crucifix in the New Testament, but also in the specific commanded use of hyssop for Passover and the traditional use of hyssop as a “tool” to hold sponge for soaking and the guard having offered it to the lips of our lamb upon the wooden crucifix.
How many times have I read these stories, these passages and never thought about hyssop. It was just a word that I skipped over, presuming there was no significance. Oh, but God always has a purpose! Hyssop was widely used for centuries to heal any ailments affecting the lungs and as a cleansing herb to ward off the Plague and other diseases. How appropriate, then, that hyssop was the chosen plant to aid in protection of those barricaded in their homes waiting for death to pass them over. How appropriate, then, that hyssop was the chosen plant to have offered up to Jesus – the plant that wards off death and disease in this earthly realm.
The next verse in John says, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
There are many more passages in the Bible just like this that mention various plants, flowers, herbs and oils; over 200 mentions, in fact. When God created us, He thought of everything including how to sustain our life AND our health.
“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river …The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing." Ezekiel 47:12
About the author:
Kelly is a wife, mother, church volunteer, has a background in pregnancy care, natural childbirth & lactation and has a passion for family health. She shares about the amazing healing qualities and purpose that God created in essential oils, regularly at www.facebook.com/wisewellness.
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