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Hyssop’s Biblical Significance – Hyssop Bible Meaning

hyssopKing David wrote in Psalm 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

When you look for the meaning of hyssop, you must turn to the scriptures to find its richer meaning. Hyssop Bible meaning can be found in the David’s prayer in the second book of Samuel.

David prayed this prayer after Nathan the prophet came and confronted him about his sin of going in to Bathsheba, committing adultery and murder (2 Samuel 12:1-14).

As he began to meditate on the law, David felt great remorse and truly repented from his sin. He wanted to restore his relation-ship with God. His understanding of the healing properties of Hyssop as a purifier inspired him in his psalm of prayer to God.

The Hebrew word for “Hyssop” is esob, and means “holy herb.” Hyssop is considered to be spiritually purifying and serves as an aid in cleansing oneself from sin, immorality, evil thoughts, or bad habits.

The method of using of Hyssop oil (inhaled or applied to the body) to purge oneself from iniquity has scientific basis.

Hyssop has constituents that can reprogram the DNA where sinful tendencies (negative emotions) are stored, thus releasing and cleansing the root cause of the action.

Another reason for Jewish belief that Hyssop repels evil spir-its is because of the passage in the book of Exodus, where Moses asked the elders of Israel to sacrifice a spotless lamb and to use a Hyssop branch to apply the blood of the lamb to the doorposts of their dwellings.

At the first Passover, the angel of death killed the firstborn son of every household except those whose doorway was marked with the lamb’s blood using a Hyssop branch. Exodus 12:22 says, “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason.” Striking the doorposts would have released the scent of the Hyssop and the oil.

Yeshua, who died in His Bride’s place, became the Passover Lamb. In John 19:29, it reads, “Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.”

They dipped the sponge in sour wine or vinegar and ex-tended it to His mouth on a branch of Hyssop, because He is the door. This prophetic charade portrayed His blood as the only way of salvation and the Hyssop—symbolic of the Holy Spirit—as the one who purifies and sanctifies the believer.

Therapeutic/Medicinal Uses
Valerie Cooksley, R.N., wrote in her book “Aromatherapy” the uses of Hyssop as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, and antiviral.

Hyssop is good for easing colds, coughs, and fever as a decongestant. It helps reduce fat in tissue, raises low blood pressure, opens the respiratory system, and strengthens and tones the nervous system. Hyssop serves as a sedative and is good for quieting anxiety and clearing the mind.