by Ernest Easley

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The Blood Sacrifice (3 of 16)
The Scarlet Thread
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 7-8
October 18, 2000

We are learning these days about the scarlet
thread that runs through the Bible! Both Old and New
Testaments tell the same story! The Old Testament
tells us what is going to happen. The New Testament
tells us what did happen. In fact... the Bible is
really divided into two covenants: the Old Covenant
and the New Covenant.
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. For we read in Hebrews 9.22, "And
according to the law almost all things are purged with
blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no
We find that God initiated that blood covenant
from the very beginning. Genesis 3.21, "Also for Adam
and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and
clothed them."
God took an animal and shed it's blood to remove
the skin. And having shed its blood... God covered
their nakedness with a tunic. It was by the shedding
of blood that God covered their sin!
You see... in the Old Covenant... God shed the
blood. In the New Covenant... God's blood was shed!
Now in tracing the scarlet thread... we have seen
in Genesis 4 how God accepted the offering of Abel and
rejected the offering of his brother Cain and for one
reason: Abel's was a blood offering and Cain's was
Cain's offering was a result of his work... his
efforts for we read in Genesis 4.3, "...Cain brought an
offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord." And
continuing in verse 4, "Abel also brought of the
firstlings of his flock and of their fat. And the
Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not
respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very
angry, and his countenance fell."
You cannot satisfy a holy God with human
goodness! Cain tried coming to God witho ...

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