Making a Covenant Summary
by Todd Elder
In the American Heritage Dictionary, a covenant is defined as "a formal and binding agreement between two or more persons or parties". In modern society we would probably simply call it a contract. Yet this is a very intimate kind of contract. The basic theme of such a covenant is: "What is mine is yours. What is yours is mine. I will do everything I can to support and care for you even to the point of death." This is the type of agreement we are in with the One Most High. He has already shown that he will die for us, can we say we would do the same for Him?
Covenant Relationship Overview
The basic motivation of a covenant from the Almighty is love. He loves us, wants to care for us, and have relationship with us. Yet something must be done to allow an impure person to approach the Almighty who is pure. He has arranged how this can be done through the covenant laws and the sacrifices. The basic theme of such a covenant is: 'What is mine is yours. What is yours is mine. I will do everything I can to support and care for you even to the point of death.' This is the type of agreement we are in with the One Most High and He has already shown that he will die for us.
The Types of Covenants
There are many different types and levels of covenants. I shall only look at a few of those most commonly seen in the Scriptures.
The Process of Making a Covenant
Covenants can be made many different ways, but the most common are the verbal or the ceremonial agreements which include what is expected of both partners. Nowhere do we see all of these customs used together in one ceremony, but the following are a few of the symbols used in the Scriptures.
Mercy Within the Covenant
We should realize that typically there is no room for mercy in a covenant. When one side messes up, there is a punishment waiting. However, the Father is Merciful. He makes provision for mercy through atonement. When someone would sin, it could be placed upon an animal and it would be torn up (sacrificed) instead. Yahshua's atonement on the cross was another great act of mercy ... the greatest act of mercy possible. Humans have broken the covenant many times, were it not for the mercy of Elohim, we would be long gone ... the covenant null and void. But through His love, it continues.