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  • Sprinkled as a symbol of cleansing from sin

    Psalm 51:1-14 (KJV)
    1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
    2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
    3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
    4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
    5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
    9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
    10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
    11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
    12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
    13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
    14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

    Note verse 7

    Psalm 51:7 (KJV)
    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

    Psalm 51:7 (NET1)
    7 Sprinkle me[19] with water[20] and I will be pure;[21] wash me[22] and I will be whiter than snow.[23]


    Hyssop was a plant used as an aid in sprinkling persons or things in an act of purification

    HYSSOP

    Small (about 27 inches), bushy plant, probably Origanum maru, the Syrian marjoram. Stalks of hyssop bear numerous, small, white flowers in bunches. Hyssop was thus well suited for use as a “brush” to dab the lintels of Israelite homes with the blood of the Passover lambs (Exod. 12:22). The associations of hyssop with the events of the exodus perhaps led to its use in other rites, the cleansing of lepers (Lev. 14:4,6,49,51-52) and the cleansing of those unclean from contact with a corpse (Num. 19:6,18; see Heifer). Psalm 51:7 applies the well-known image of hyssop to spiritual cleansing from sin.

    A branch of hyssop bore the sponge used to offer vinegar to Christ at His crucifixion (John 19:29; Matt. 27:48; Mark 15:36 mention a reed). Various attempts to resolve this tension have been offered. Most exegetes have attempted to harmonize the parallel accounts: (1) by suggesting that Christ was offered vinegar twice, once using a reed and once hyssop; (2) by suggesting both a reed and hyssop were simultaneously used to support the sponge; (3) by emending John’s text to read “spike” which is more easily harmonized with reed; (4) by taking hyssop to refer to a plant other than marjoram which could be described as a reed, such as Sorghum vulgare. An alternative approach is concerned primarily with the question of why (theological significance) rather than the details of what. These interpreters stress that John intends to link Jesus’ death with the exodus event that marked liberation from Egyptian slavery and/or with the OT cleansing rituals involving hyssop. Hebrews 9:19 says the people were sprinkled with hyssop at the reading of the covenant. The account of Exod. 24:6-8 lacks this detail. See Plants.

    Joseph E. Glaze, Mitchell G. Reddish, and Charles R. Wade

    Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

    HYSSOP

    A bush with clusters of small branches. In religious ceremonies, hyssop was sometimes dipped in a liquid and then used to sprinkle people or objects.

    Contemporary English Version.

    HYSSOP

    An indigenous plant to Western Asia and Northern Africa. 1 Kings 4:33.

    Israelites used, in sprinkling the blood of the Paschal lamb upon the lintels of their doors. Exod. 12:22.

    In sprinkling blood in purifications. Lev. 14:4; Heb. 9:19.

    Used in the sacrifices of separation. Num. 19:6.

    Used in giving Jesus vinegar on the cross. John 19:29.

    Used in a figurative sense, of spiritual cleansing. Ps. 51:7.

    Holman Concise Topical Concordance.
    Let God's word speak and everyman be silent

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    Luke 7:24 - And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind


    Now why would our Lord reference a reed shaking in the wind when speaking of John the Baptist? Perhaps a reference to a hyssop reed and the purging of Psalm 51:7 for the Jews went to see John because he baptized.
    One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.



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    • #3
      Originally posted by uncleanlips View Post
      Luke 7:24 - And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind


      Now why would our Lord reference a reed shaking in the wind when speaking of John the Baptist? Perhaps a reference to a hyssop reed and the purging of Psalm 51:7 for the Jews went to see John because he baptized.
      No way to confirm this is there?
      Not a strong argument.

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