17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him, and said, “I am the Almighty God, ;(C) I am faithfully before me, and be immaculate. 2 Then I will make my covenant between you and me, and I will increase your number. (F) This is therefore the conclusion of a contract. So far, so good. What is an alliance? Now, let us limit the framework a little more to biblical covenants, and in fact, let us limit it even more to what we might call divine covenants – or covenants initiated by God. What is a divine covenant? A divine covenant is a binding agreement or a promise that God has initiated between him and one or more other parties. There are now two forms of divine covenants: conditional and unconditional. A conditional alliance is, as the name suggests, an alliance with conditions imposed on those involved. Think of it as a “if, then” promise of God. If the person did, then God will do B. Now, here`s what distinguishes this from a treaty: once the person has done, God B will do anything. There is no opt-out.
An unconditional alliance is also, as the name suggests: an unconditional alliance, relies on the promises made. There is no “yes, then” aspect. God promises to do something. As these divine covenants are initiated by God, they are supported by His character. That`s why they`re absolutely reliable. Moreover, they are initiated by God to His glory and to our good. Unlike treaties, which are motivated by a self-guided desire of each party involved, divine covenants have an external nature – God makes a promise that benefits the person or those involved. So let us look at two divine covenants, one unconditional and the other conditional, to better understand the covenant. 9 And God said to Abraham, “As far as you are concerned, you will keep my covenant, and your posterity according to you, for generations to come.” 10 It is my covenant with you and with your descendants after you, according to the covenant you keep: Every man of you will be circumcised.
11 You will be circumcised, and this will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For future generations, all men of you, eight days old, will be circumcised, even those born in your house or bought with money by a stranger, those who are not your descendants. 13 Whether you were born in your home or bought with your money, they will be circumcised. (AC) My covenant in your flesh is to be an eternal covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised man who has not been circumcised in the flesh will be cut off from his people; He broke my wedding ring. (AG) “Thus, the new covenant is far superior to the old one (that is.dem mosakobund) both according to Paul and after Hebrew. This is implicitly implicit in the use of the adjective “new” in 1 Co 11:25 (cf. Luke 22:20), which clearly alludes to the negative contrast of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31, 31-32). Paul is, however, even more picky in 2 Co 3, where he explicitly contrasts new and old alliances and emphasizes the great inferiority of the old in relation to the superior glory and constancy of the new. A similar and negative comparison is also made by its “figurative” contrast between Hagar and Sarah in Gal 4:21-31. But the Abrahamic desire depended on God saying, “Live in my presence and be impeccable.” (Generation 17:1). Thus, if they are not blameless and live in the presence of God, the desire will not be fulfilled.
It is also mentioned in gene 15:1 that “Your salary will be very important.” It is a reward for them if they walk in the Lord.