by Ernest Easley

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The Blood Sacrifice (2 of 16)
The Scarlet Thread
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 4.1-15
October 4, 2000

We are tracing the scarlet thread through the
Bible on these Wednesday nights. And that scarlet
thread is the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ!
From the beginning of mankind... God didn't cut a
deal with man... He cut a covenant! In fact... that's
what the word "covenant" means. It means "to cut or
divide." A covenant is an agreement based on the
shedding of blood. A blood covenant cannot be broken.
In fact... when you enter into a blood covenant
with somebody... you promise them your life... your
love... and your protection till death do you part!
And when you open your Bible... you cannot find a page
that is not stained with blood!
And what amazes me most about the grace and love
of God is that before He created man... He knew that
man's formation would lead to man's fall. And man's
formation and fall would lead to Calvary.
Don't think that the sin of man caught God off
guard! He knew what it would cost Him. Revelation
13.8, "And all who dwell on the earth will worship
Him, whose names have not been written in the Book of
Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the
world." Before God created the world... He knew that
Calvary was coming. He knew that His blood would be
Now when we talk about the Old Testament... we're
really talking about the Old Covenant for the word
translated "testament" comes from the same word
translated "covenant." So . . . the Bible is made up of
the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. And both
covenants are tied together by a scarlet thread!
Now last time together we saw from Genesis 3 the
first time that blood was shed. God told them in
Genesis 2.17, "but of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that
you eat of it you shall surely die."
Well... they did eat of that tree and they did
die ...

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