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The Feast of Passover

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.

The scarlet cord has a certain unique significance in our Judeo-Christian faith. One cannot help but recall how the prostitute Rahab redeemed herself, and her family, by placing her trust in the God of Israel. By hanging the red symbol in her window, Joshua spared her clan in the battle of Jericho.

The Talmud, the body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law, also makes mention of a scarlet cord. It is recorded that in the time of the second Temple, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the same cord, which stood for the sins of the assembly, was tied to the Temple doors.

After the ceremonies of Yom Kippur were performed, the cord on the door would change color, from red to white. Just as the prophet Isaiah stated, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."

Lest anyone think that I am confusing my holidays, the story continues. This phenomenon occurred annually. However, at a certain time, in the first century, the cord stopped changing colors.

This was an incredible. However, it was not a sign that the sacrifices were not accepted. Au contraire, the priestly rituals were no longer central to the forgiveness of sins.

Indeed, the final atonement had been offered and received by the Holy One. It is recorded that about forty years before the Temple was destroyed, around AD 30, the scarlet cord ceased to morph. Coincidentally, this was the same time in history when Yeshua, the Messiah, died in Jerusalem as the final sacrifice for sin.

That is why we read in Hebrews, that salvation no longer occurs by the sacrifices of Yom Kippur, but by the atonement of the Messiah. "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world."

The final, absolute, eternal atonement has taken place. God cleansed us of our faults; our sins which were as scarlet have for real become white as snow. The Almighty, in seeing the sacrifice of Jesus, Passes over us with regards to judgment.

We dwell in the light,
from scarlet to white.

Exodus 12:13, Isaiah 1:18, John 1:29


Added on November 20, 2014
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