by Ernest Easley

God's Covenant with Abraham
Series: The Scarlet Thread
Ernest L. Easley
Genesis 15

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 it's 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, but your name shall be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.''

So let's back u ...

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