ORIGINALLY WRITTEN OF SCROLLS

      One of the most exciting and intriguing stories in the Holy Bible is that of Rahab the harlot. Joshua 2:8-21 tells the essence of this beautiful story of how she saved the Hebrew spies and provided for her own salvation from the destruction of Jericho. The sign she was to give on their return was for a SCARLET CORD to be in the window when they returned. This sound familiar? The blood of the families FIRST BORN lamb was to be on the door posts of the Israelites when the Death Angel passed over them to save their family's own first born from sure death.

      I suggest here that there is a SCARLET TRAIL all the way through the Old Testament culminating at Calvary's Cross on the Hill of Golgotha. This Scarlet Trail starts in the Garden of Eden, as God is pronouncing His curse on Eve, Adam and Satan (the serpent). We read in Genesis 3:15 - 

                                                 "AND I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN YOU AND THE WOMAN,

                                    BETWEEN YOUR SEED AND HER SEED; HE SHALL BRUISE                                                                       YOUR  HEAD,  AND YOU SHALL BRUISE HIS HEEL." (NKJV)

      This new series of devotionals will be a search for ATTRACTIONS along Scarlet Trail. First, we will make a quick over-view of what to anticipate. We need to understand that Jesus Christ is the Central Thought of the Holy Bible. The Old Testament looks FORWARD anticipating the coming of the Messiah, our Redeemer. The four Gospel accounts TELL in detail of the Messiah’s coming, while the Epistles look BACK at His having come, preparing us for the LAST trumpet sound, I Cor. 15:50-52; when He RETURNS to separate the RIGHTEOUS from the UNRIGHTEOUS, Matt. 25:31-34; and take His Bride, the church, BACK home with Him, Ephesians 5:22-32 and I Thessalonians 4:13-17.


      The Old Testament is a God-given account of a NATION - Israel. The New Testament is a God-given account of a MAN - Jesus.

      ATTRACTION: From the time Johann Gutenberg invented movable type printing press, about 1454, the Bible has consistently been the best-selling book of all time. In fact, Gutenberg printed about 180 Bibles on his first run, but they were all sold before he had finished printing, some as far away as England, Sweden and Hungary.

      ATTRACTION: Many of the famous sayings we are all familiar with came from the Bible, particularly the King James Version. Among them are: 

           "Signs of the times" Matt. 16:3;

              “Go the second mile” Matt. 5:41;

              “Handwriting on the wall” Daniel 5:41;

              “A leopard can’t change its spots” Jeremiah 13:23; 

              "Clear as crystal" Revelation 21:10, 11;

              “Holier-than-thou" Isaiah 65:5;

              "A drop in the bucket" Isaiah 40:15;

              “By the skin of my teeth” Job 19:20;

              “Apple of my eye” Deuteronomy 32:10;

              “Man after my own heart” I Samuel 13:14; 

              "Labor of love" Hebrews 6:10 and I Thess. 1:3;

              “Blind leading the blind” Matthew 15:14;

              “A den of thieves” Matthew 21:13;

              “A thorn in the side” II Corinthians 12:7.


• The oldest Bible text is a Dead Sea Scroll fragment written about 225 B.C.

• The oldest surviving New Testament text is John 18:31-33, where Pilate questions Jesus: “Are you the king of the Jews?”

• Christians were among the first people to discard the 3,000-year-old tradition of using scrolls.

• Using the Holy Bible in swearing-in ceremonies grew out of the ancient Jewish practice of making a promise and reminding each other “God is watching” Genesis 31:50.

      Just a thought across the Garden Gate by Parson Don - 

     Watch for more ATTRACTIONS Along the Scarlet Trail, soon.             



Updated March 14, 2013

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