The Saving Power of the Substitute by Ernest Easley

The Scarlet Thread
The Saving Power of the Substitute
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Exodus 12:1-13
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 offering."

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 and separated.

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 transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for ou ...


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