Chaplain's Corner - Hyssop

October 5th, 2021

Hyssop is a herb but unlike most herbs it doubles as a beautiful flower.

It grows in places like Texas and Israel and grows about 3 feet tall. It has a tough, wood-like stalk and produces small amounts of honey. It also has a nice distinctive scent. [1]

The passages in the Bible that describe hyssop and its uses can be pulled together to paint a spiritual description of the Holy Spirit. In Exodus 12:22, hyssop is the instrument God directs the Hebrews to use to paint the blood of the lamb on the door post the night of Passover. Hyssop is the delivery system to apply the saving blood of the lamb.

In Leviticus 14:4, 6, 51 & 52, hyssop is dipped in the blood of birds (that were killed over fresh water – Jesus is known as living water) for the cleansing of sins and diseases. Again, the hyssop is the delivery system that is used to sprinkle the blood on the diseased person before they are pronounced clean.

Numbers 19:6 and 8 are the passages that speak of the red heifer, a very important symbol to the Jewish nation. The hyssop is thrown into the fire of the burning red heifer along with cedar wood and scarlet wool. The ashes were saved and used with clean water (John 7:37-39, 4:14, Jeremiah 17:13) to make the unclean, clean. The blood of Jesus Christ is what saves a sinner and makes them clean.

In 1 Kings 4:33, King Solomon showed his wisdom when he spoke about the hyssop. An interesting note, hyssop is contrasted with the cedar of Lebanon, from the greatest to the least, the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Also, in Numbers 19 when the red heifer is burned, hyssop AND cedar were both burned to make the ashes.

Psalm 51:7 speaks for itself. David wrote, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

John 19:29, “A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.” Here hyssop is used to deliver the cup of God’s wrath to Jesus who drinks it in, taking in all the sins of mankind.

Hyssop is God’s delivery system just like He used the Holy Spirit, in Matthew 4:1, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

Hebrews 9:19 is a retelling, or recap, of Moses using hyssop, to cleanse with blood - “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

What do you think? Is hyssop symbolic for the Holy Spirit?

[1] - https://arborgate.com/picks/growing-hyssop-a-biblical-herb/


Charles (Chuck) Gilliland, Chaplain to the National Board
and Executive Director

In addition to being a veteran police officer himself, Chuck is also a past president of FCPO-USA and the author of the Through the Eyes of a Cop daily devotional book series. Chuck can be contacted at [email protected]

Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: Chaplains Corner

Prayer Tents in Miami

June 22nd, 2021

Earlier this month, we received the following report from Jorge Alessandri, Chairman of Chapter #231, Miami-Dade FCPO, about their chapter's Memorial Day outreach event:

"Blessings everyone!

"I wanted to share with all of you what an incredible blessing the prayer tent was. We set up our new FCPO tents in an area that has historically been one of our greatest problem spots, and this is the first year that we had zero issues there. This was also the first year, in all the years we have had the Memorial Day events, that I felt peace. We took a proactive step showing people love, reminding them how special they are in His eyes, and we felt the difference. I also had a dear friend who brought down some prayer warriors who walked in the community and prayed with people. In one instance, a man offered them drugs. When they offered to pray with him, he said he had tried it all and could not get out of it. They then prayed with him and he began to cry uncontrollably. The chains of the lies he had been told that kept him in this "spiritual prison" were broken.

"So much healing occurred! Thank you to everyone who came out. For those who couldn't, even though you wanted to be there, your prayers were heard! So, thank you!!!

"Please keep praying that this movement of prayer and healing would continue, not only here but all over the country." 

What's going on in your chapter? Have you recently had a community outreach or service project? Do you have an event coming up? We want to hear about it! Send details and photos to [email protected]. Let your chapter's activities encourage and challenge other chapters across the nation!


Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: Chapter Activities

Jack Kistler, a retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant and one of the "founding fathers" of FCPO, passed away in April of this year. He faithfully served the ministry in a number of capacities in its earlier years, including as president of the organization. Jack was still in touch with the National Office, maintaining a keen interest in the growth of FCPO and the latest updates. He was a tremendous source of encouragement to the FCPO staff.

We recently looked through some of the old newsletters in our archives from Jack's tenure as FCPO President. Jack wrote a number of short articles during that time and we decided one of the best ways we could honor him was with his own words. These thoughts, reprinted from the January 1978 issue of The Christian Peace Officer, are still wise, godly counsel for us, as FCPO members, today.

One of the basic tenets of the FCPO is to unite all Christian peace officers together in the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the center of our programs, plans, goals, ambitions, and ultimate objectives. The goal of the FCPO has always been to organize peace officers into a fellowship! Men and women from various backgrounds, denominations, theological persuasion, and methods of worship - molded into a group whereby all such distinctions fade away. This goal of fellowship with restrained diversity has not yet been attained.

My contacts with members and chapters around the country indicate that there are chapters heavily involved with issues that have traditionally divided Christians since the founding of the Church. Other chapters have dissolved or become inactive over such issues. "Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!" (James 3:10b NLT).

I agree that there are important distinctives to the individual, or to the church in which he/she worships as a member, but they have no place in the FCPO. We must not let such issues divide the Fellowship.

The Statement of Faith to which we, as FCPO members, have subscribed provides a solid scriptural basis for our Fellowship. FCPO meetings should be neutral ground where peace officers with many divergent personal views can fellowship without the pressures of sectarian differences. How important to you is the task of winning peace officers to Christ? Are you prepared to subordinate some of the distinctives of your denomination or movement to further the larger goal of uniting Christian peace officers in the body of Christ?

As President of this expanding organization, I challenge every member and friend to all band together "to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12-13 NLT)

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