The Blood Covenant (1 of 16) by Ernest Easley

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The Blood Covenant (1 of 16)
The Scarlet Thread through the Bible
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Joshua 2:18-21
September 20, 2000

Now have just completed our study on the Seven
Feasts of Israel... we come tonight to Joshua chapter
2. For the next several weeks... we are going to be
talking about "The Scarlet Thread" than runs through
the Bible."
It was St. Augustine (354-430 AD) who said, "the
New is in the Old Contained; the Old is by the New
Explained." Some of us were talking about that quote
last week after our study time. And come to find
out... some of you had learned a variation of that
quote.
We decided it was probably some Baptist preacher
who took St. Augustine's quote and dressed it up a
little bit and then took credit for it! But what that
quote says is that the Old Testament points to Jesus
and the New Testament presents Jesus.
The Old Testament tells us that Jesus is coming.
The New Testament tells us that Jesus has come! In
fact... Jesus Christ confirms that in John 5.39, "You
search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have
eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me."
Luke 24.44, "Then He said to them, 'These are the
words which I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that all the things must be fulfilled which were
written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the
Psalms concerning Me."
Do you hear what Jesus was saying? He was saying
that what Moses wrote about... what the Prophets wrote
about... what the Psalmist wrote about was HIM!!
In Luke 24... Luke went on to say in verse 45,
"And He opened (understanding... to open up completely)
their understanding, that they might comprehend the
Scriptures."
Both Old and New Testaments tell the same story!
The Old Testament tells what is going to happen. The
New Testament tells that did happen! And beginning in
the book of Genesis and running through the book of
Revelation... there is a Scarlet thread! And that
Scarlet thread is the blood covenant that God
initiated.
Now we're going to begin tonight in Joshua 2.
This is the account of Rahab the harlot. It was Rahab
that hid the two spies sent from Joshua to spy out the
land. And as a result of her assistance... her life
was spared. And we read beginning in verse 18-21,
"unless, when we come into the land, you bind this
line of scarlet cord in the window through which you
let us down, and unless you bring your father, your
mother, your brothers, and all your father's household
to your own home. So it shall be that whoever goes
outside the doors of your house into the street, his
blood shall be on his own head, and we will be
guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his
blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.
And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be
free from your oath which you made us sear." Then she
said, 'According to your words, so be it." ...


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