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The Scarlet Thread
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
December 6, 2000
There is a scarlet thread that runs throughout
the Bible. And yet... somebody says, "I have no use
for the Old Testament! The New Testament is enough
for me." The Old Testament and New Testament are
inseparable and here is why: they are bound together
with a scarlet thread!
And that scarlet thread is the blood covenant
that God cut with man! It began with Adam in Genesis
3.21, "Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made
tunics of skin, and clothed them."
From Adam it went to Abel in Genesis 4.4, "Abel
also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of
their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his
And we know that Abel was the first person who
died and went to Heaven. Abel went to Heaven through
the blood and the last person who goes to Heaven will
go on the same basis: the blood!
Then from Abel the scarlet thread goes to Noah in
Genesis 8.20, "Then Noah built an altar to the Lord,
and took of every clean animal and of every clean
bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar."
From Noah the scarlet thread heads of Abram in
Genesis 15 where he saw the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ
walking between the animals that had been cut in two
From there we see the Scarlet thread on Mt.
Moriah where Abraham and his son Isaac traveled in
response to God's command. Genesis 22.2, "And He
said, 'Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom
you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him
there as a burn offering on one of the mountains of
which I shall tell you."
And then we read in verse 13 that God provided a
substitute for Isaac . . . a ram caught in the thicket by
his horns. And we read, ""So Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering
instead of his son."
Isaiah 53.5, "But He was wounded for our
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