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What is this plant called hyssop that – when David committed a great sin of adultery and murder – he said the Lord should clean him through the ministry of hyssop. Hear what the king said in Psalms 51:7 – Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Why did he choose to be washed with hyssop? Why not any other plant? We can deduce from this that hyssop is a peculiar plant that does a peculiar job of cleansing. As a Christian, you must not be an ordinary Christian but a hyssop Christian. You must be able to lead people out of their sins. You must not be a Christian that thinks of how to grow in the Lord alone, but the one that will also think of how to lead sinners unto Jesus in order to populate the kingdom of God.

What makes this plant a unique and a special one? Hear what was recorded about King Solomon; “And he (Solomon) spoke of trees, from Cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springs out of the wall: …. (I Kings 4:33).

It is obvious that hyssop is a plant that is not contaminated with the ground like many others. The ground was cursed because of the sins of man. If not by grace, it wouldn’t have brought out trees and plants for the consumption of man and animals. Some other plants and trees chose to grow out of the ground but hyssop chose to be in the league of the ones that spring out of the wall. As a Christian, you may be in the world, but you are not of the world. You must be distinct and live a righteous living, you must not be influenced by the world; that is when you can carry out the ministry of cleansing people – bringing them out of their sins and leading them to Christ and also healing them of their ‘leprosy’.


Originally, hyssop sprang out of the wall; it was not planted by anybody. God is its source. As a hyssop Christian, you depend on God for everything, not on man (though, God will use man; allow God to choose who He will use, don’t choose for Him), because if you depend on man, you won’t be able to tell them the truth in order to carry out the ministry of cleansing. Two great kings spoke about hyssop, its work of cleansing is so pronounced, that they cannot pretend not to know about it; as a hyssop Christian, your work for the Lord must announce you; the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, because they were just like Christ – both in words and in deeds. Be a hyssop Christian! The ministry of hyssop is that of Jesus’. He was healing and cleansing the sick, and saving their lives. See Luke 4: 18 – 19 and Isaiah 61: 1 – 3.

Prayer: Empower me Lord to be a source of joy to this generation and heaven.

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