God is a Covenant Maker, Covenant Keeper, Covenant Revealer, and a Covenant Enabler.
A Covenant is a legally binding sacred agreement with awesome responsibilities between two or more parties to perform promises to each other that if faithfully committed to would bring blessings and curses if broken.
Psalm 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psalm 103:17-18 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
Psalm 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
Psalm 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
God is a God of Covenant, and whenever God looks at mankind He thinks of everything according to Covenant. In everything you do, He sees you either keeping the Covenant, breaking the Covenant, or not in Covenant. In the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, we have never left the awesome responsibilities of terms and conditions of Covenant.
Covenants of the Bible:
1. Adamic Covenant
2. Noahic Covenant
3. Abrahamic Covenant
4. Ten Commandments Covenant
5. Mosaic Covenant
6. Priestly Covenant
7. Sabbath Covenant
8. Covenant of Peace
9. Covenant of Salt
10. Parental Covenant
11. Marriage Covenant
12. Davidic Covenant
13. Personal Covenants
14. Tribal and National Covenants
15. Covenant with the Eyes
16. New Covenant
17. Everlasting Covenant
How Covenants were made in Ancient Times:
- Give the Terms of the Covenant. Both parties stand before a witness who hears the covenant.
- “Cut the Covenant” They would cut an animal in half and both parties would walk between the two halves.
- Make a recognizable cut and scar on the body, usually the hand and mingle each others blood together.
- Exchange of Coats, Robes, Garments, Belts, Armor and Weapons.
- Exchange Names. Each one takes part of the others name and incorporates it into their own.
- Eat a Memorial Meal. A loaf of bread is broken in half and they drank wine as a symbol of the blood.
- Place a Heap of Rocks or plant a tree where the Covenant was made for Remembrance.
Covenants are made with 4 parts
- Promises (A Declaration of Blessings that will be done if the Covenant is kept)
- Terms (Responsibilities, Expectations and Curses if not kept.)
- Blood – Two fold Symbolism (Life to you if you keep it and death if you break it)
- Seal – A Mark or Symbol on the body
- Terms of the Covenant – Abraham, The Law, The Ten Commandments, All the Words of Christ, Conscience
- Genesis 17:1-2, Deuteronomy 28:1, Deuteronomy 5:1-22, John 5:24, Hebrews 10:15-22
- Cut the Covenant – Abraham and Children of Israel during the time of Jeremiah
- Genesis 15:8-18, Jeremiah 34:18-20
- Circumcision “The Scar” – Abraham and all his Descendants, The Body of Christ, Circumcision of the Heart
- Genesis 17:3-14, John 20:27, Romans 2:28,29
- Exchange of Apparel Johnathan and David, Robes of Righteousness, God’s Armor
- I Samuel 18:1-4, Isaiah 61:10, Ephesians 6:14-17
- Change of Names – Abraham and Christ gives the authority for believers to use His name and be called a Christian
- Genesis 17:5, John 16:23-24, Acts 11:26
- Memorial Meal – Abraham with God, Abraham with Melchizedek, The Lords Supper
- Genesis 18:1-8, Genesis 14:17-20, Matthew 26:26-30
- Remembrance – Place a heap of Rocks – Jacob with Laban, Do this in Remembrance of Me
- Genesis 31:44-54, I Corinthians 11:23-24
Psalm 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
The New Covenant