by Ernest Easley

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God's Covenant with Abraham (4 of 16)
The Scarlet Thread
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 15
October 25, 2000

We are tracing the scarlet thread through the
Bible on these Wednesday nights. And that scarlet
thread is the blood covenant that God made with man.
A blood covenant was an unbreakable promise. In fact
. . . when two people made a blood covenant... it was
dissolved only by death.
God did more than cut a deal with man... He cut a
covenant with man! The scarlet thread began with Adam
and Eve where we read in Genesis 3.21, "Also for Adam
and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and
clothed them."
After Adam and Eve sinned against God . . . after
they hid from God . . . God responded to their sin with
grace! After shedding the blood of an animal... God
took its skin and covered their sin with a tunic!
And we're going to find throughout the Old
Covenant that God covers sin with the blood. He did
that with Adam and Eve. Next He did that with the
sacrifice of Abel in Genesis 4.4, "Abel also brought
of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat. And
the Lord respected (look at with approval) Abel and
his offering."
Next came Noah after the flood 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."
Now understand this: the blood in the Old
Covenant covered sin; the blood in the New Covenant
canceled sin.
Now that brings us tonight to Genesis 15. I told
you last week that in tracing the scarlet thread
through the Bible brings us next to Abraham in Genesis
22. But before we get to chapter 22 where we find a
ram caught in a thicket... we need to back up to
Genesis 15 and see the Covenant God made with Abraham.
I really should say, "Abram" because in chapter 15
that was his name. God doesn't change his name until
chapter 17.5, "No longer shall your name be called
Abram ...

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