by George Warnock
“the Hyssop always relates to sacrifice… and therefore to humility, weakness and contrition of heart.”
it grows in dry places, out in the full sun. It is particularly suited to a rockery, and this may be inferred in the statement that it “springeth out of the wall”–perhaps a terraced rock wall. It is low-growing, up to about 2 feet. It is native to Egypt. It has strong wiry stems, with bunches of flowers and leaves. Produces small bluish-purple flowers, and has a sweet fragrance. It is a bitter herb, belonging to the mint family, and was once used for medicinal purposes. It seemed to grow plentifully in Egypt, for on the Passover night it was readily obtainable to every Israelitish family, who would use it for the sprinkling of the blood. It was used for various sacrificial purposes in the Levitical order, and therefore must have grown extensively in the wilderness also. It is always associated with “sacrifice”… so that even at Calvary, when the supreme Sacrifice was being offered, mention is again made of the lowly “hyssop.”
MEEKNESS & WEAKNESS
True greatness reveals itself in areas of meekness, mercy, compassion and forgiveness. The world considers a meek man to be a weak man. But God considers the meek to be strong. They shall inherit the earth; because in their meekness and weakness, their confidence is not in themselves but in Another.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24, 25).
Now here is hyssop as it relates to me and you who desire Christ to be Lord…
I grow in a dry place.
I need the light of Christ to grow.
I grow in humility.
I grow in hard places.
I grow in the wilderness.
I am lowly.
In Christ I have a sweet fragrance.
His Truth in me brings healing to the nations.
How do you grow?
I can certainly say that while my confession states the above– this list is actually something that I desire to become. Because as of today I can say this about the list…
I don’t like dry places…it makes me crack under pressure.
I need His light but need lots of water too because I am thirsty.
I’m not very good at humility and probably fake it lots of times.
I don’t do very well under pressure so I often wonder if I’ve grown.
The wilderness has been hard–but I am slowly–really slowly learning to trust God.
I consider myself to be more proudful than lowly–and I don’t like that I am.
God, do I have a sweet fragrance? My behavior often tells me that I stink.
I do desire more of His Truth–I so desire to make a difference across the world.