Heather, at Emotional Purity, An Affair of the Heart, is hosting At the Well today. The topic - Purity with Others.
I'm so sorry I was late At the Well today. My uncle had brain surgery this morning and I am just now arriving home. This is a topic I'm passionate about, so I decided to post, late as it is.
The greek word for clear, is aproskopos, which means:
1) having nothing to strike against, not causing to stumble
a) of a smooth road
b) metaph. of not leading others to sin by one's mode of life
2) not striking against or stumbling
a) metaph. not led into sin, blameless
3) without offense, not troubled by a consciousness of sin
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." ~ Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
The word for Hebrew word pure in this verse is tahowr. It means:
1) pure, cleana) clean(ceremonially - of animals)
The Psalmist knew that he needed a pure heart and he knew how to get it. He prayed:
Hyssop is a plant that was used in the Bible for purification rituals. It was first mentioned in the Bible in the Passover ritual. They used it to sprinkle the blood on the doors and doorposts. Hyssop was also used to cleanse those with leprosy, or others who were unclean, as well as to purify homes with mildew, and purify water. It was described in 1 Kings 4:33 by Solomon. Is it any wonder David wanted to be cleansed with hyssop?
The visual of God cleansing me with hyssop, applying the blood of Christ in my life, is just so breath-takingly awesome that I cannot describe how humble and grateful it makes me feel. I know I'm not deserving of it, yet He loves me enough to truly cleanse me and forgive me for my unrighteousness.