Summary: Tracing the scarlet of blood throughout scripture

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The Scarlet Thread in the British Navy

It is said that in the last century, every rope, great or small, that was used throughout the British navy, had a scarlet thread running through it from end to end; lost, stolen, sunk beneath the waves though it might be cut into inch pieces showed by this simple thread that it bore the King's mark and was the possession of the crown. So there is a scarlet thread running through the whole circle of Christian doctrine and practice certifying that all its different parts are one.

- This scarlet thread is a thread of blood.

- Scientist William Harvey, 1620, "life" really is maintained by the

blood, which both brings nourishment to all parts of the body and also carries away its wastes

Leviticus 17:11 (AV)

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: ….

Leviticus 17:14 (AV)

14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

- Blood is mentioned over 400x in the Bible.

- Eternal life is in the blood of Jesus

John 1:29 (AV)

…. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 John 1:7 (AV)

…. the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

- Jesus reveals the Scarlet thread of scripture twice

- Lk. 24:25-27 - Once on the Emmaus Road

- Lk. 24:44-47 - Second time in the closed room

- It is the scarlet thread of the blood of Jesus.


1. Adam & Eve: Blood covered their shame. Ge. 3:21

Genesis 3:21 (AV)

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

2. Abel: Blood was the accepted offering. Ge. 4:4

Genesis 4:4 (AV)

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

3. Ab. & Isaac: Ram substituted for a son. Ge. 22:13

Genesis 22:13 (AV)

13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

4. Passover: Blood of a lamb Ex. 12:13

Exodus 12:13 (AV)

13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

5. Temple sacrifice: The blood of animals. Lev. 16:21

Leviticus 16:21 (AV)

21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

6. The Scarlet thread in Ps 22

Ps 22:1 My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me

Ps 22:6-8 - … despised of people …. Laugh me to scorn… Let him deliver

The scarlet thread leads to: THE CROSS!

7. The Scarlet thread in the Prophets – is 53

Is 53:5He was wounded for our transgressions … With his stripes we are healed

Daniel 9:24–26 (AV)

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

8. The Scarlet thread in the Gospels

John said, “Behold (Look), the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Jn. 1:29

Matthew 26:27–28 (AV)

27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

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