As Good Friday approaches, I was recalling something I learned a few months ago when my youngest daughter was sick for over a month and doctors couldn’t find what was wrong with her. This literally gave me the strength and faith to proclaim her healing through his sacrifice on the cross. I hope this is an encouragement to anyone battling sickness.
I’m not too familiar with the Old Testament, but as I read Hebrews 9 and was sensetive to the Spirit I was in tears as understanding came to me.
Verse19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.
I was like, wasn’t hyssop what they used for Jesus on the cross? So I looked it up and yes, right before Jesus said, ‘It is finished’ and took his last breath on the cross (John 19:28-30), the roman soilders offered him to drink wine vinegar on a sponge at the end of a stalk of hyssop.
So I looked up hyssop and apparently it is a plant/herb from the mint family that has cleansing, medicinal and flavor properties.
Then I looked up references in the Bible and these are a few that came up. The branches were used in the Passover to put blood on the post (Exodus 12:22), as well as in ceremonial cleansing of healing on a person healed from skin disease (Lev 14:1-7), and also used to purify a house that contained mold (Lev 14:33-53).
I believe that it was symbolic that when Jesus was on the cross as our blood sacrifice they used hyssop then he says ‘it is finished’, because the sacrifice was complete with hyssop. Not only because it was used on the lamb sacrifice like in the passover but, this was a sign of purification for us, not only for our sins, but for the healing of our souls and bodies. With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
In our life we may have gotten spiritual mold, but he renews us and makes us whole spiritually and physically. We don’t have to be cast out or isolated with guilt or pain, like the people with leporsy did, we are made whole. This was Our ceremony of cleansing and healing.
God is good!