The Scarlet Thread
Have you ever sat down to read the Bible, hoping it would all make sense to you, but it didn’t make sense? You probably started at Genesis expecting any loose ends to knit together as you weaved your way through.
But a frustrating thing happened on your way to Revelation. As you threaded through chapter after chapter, you noticed the loose ends didn’t knit together. In fact, they got more tangled...tangled with rituals, events, customs and strange happenings that didn’t seem to fit into any pattern.
Instead of finding a finished garment beautifully interwoven with divine truth into a God given pattern, loose ends seem to run in all directions. There didn’t seem to be any order to what you were reading. So, in despair, you gave up.
Well, that was me. As a Christian, I had read the Bible, but I never could quite put it all together. What particularly puzzled me was how the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament) and the New Testament were related, if at all.The Bible seemed to be two different books that some- how got stuck under one cover. I never really said that, but in the back of my mind I wondered about it.
Little did I know that both Testaments were telling the same story; that God did have an order to His book. He did have a divine pattern.
After God filled me with His Holy Spirit, He began to reveal His pattern to me. He showed me that from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells one story. The story is that God has entered into a blood covenant with Himself for mankind through Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, Messiah of the Jews, and Savior of the Gentiles. And all who will, may enter into the covenant with Him.
A blood covenant between two parties is the closest,the most enduring,the most solemn and the most sacred of all contracts. It absolutely cannot be broken. When you enter into blood covenant with someone, you promise to give them your life, your love, and your protection forever...till death do you part. Like marriage.
The blood covenant is the “scarlet thread” that runs through the entire Bible. All other teachings are woven into it. Once you understand the blood covenant, your biblical loose ends will come together. You will see God’s order. You will see God’s heavenly pattern.
Jesus now stands knocking at the door of every human heart—an invitation to enter into blood covenant with Him by personally accepting His death on their behalf. This is His covenant of love. For all who will enter into the covenant, He promises, “...I will come in to him and eat with him and he with Me” (Rev. 3:20 RSV).
God progressively reveals this invitation throughout the Old Covenant (the Old Testament), which is but a shadow pointing us to the New Covenant (the New Testament) light of the world, Jesus the One and Only True Messiah, Lord and Savior.
May the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you as you discover His incredible covenant fully and completely revealed to us through Jesus.
- Dr. Richard Booker, author of The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread