Just like a lot of people, we have an outdoor seating area. The cushions have a special weather resistant fabric because they are outside in the weather <duh> and because they catch the morning light every day. As we all know, too much of anything can damage fabrics. I recently noticed a small patch of mildew on one of the cushions. Naturally I googled my way to the solution in a quick minute, but the solution also got me to thinking about washing, cleaning and all that it entails.
Psalm 51:7 NIV
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
I put my question into my Bible app and this was the first verse I came across. My next question was what the heck is hyssop? According to Merriam Webster hyssop is a European mint (Hyssopus officinalis) that has highly aromatic with pungent leaves and is sometimes used as a potherb. Next question hit almost immediately. What in the world is a potherb? It made me laugh when I realized that it was a ‘pot’ + ‘herb’ such as mint < giggle giggle > but it is also defined as a plant used in purificatory rites by the ancient Hebrews. A Hyssop branch was used to put the blood on the lintels of the doorways during the the first Passover (Ex 12:22). Levitical priests were task to cleanse with water purified with hyssop in their cleansing rituals (Lev 19:6). Hyssop was also used to in a special ritual to cleanse lepers (Num 19:6). The last sour wine to touch the lips of Jesus on the Cross was offered to Him on a branch of hyssop (John 19:29). Hyssop is obviously important to God. Cleaning and purification is the action and hyssop was the way to do it; that is until Jesus changed our everything. Jesus now purifies us and our lives as we walk together with Him, no hyssop required.
1 John 1:7 NIV
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”