In the Easton’s Bible Dictionary a covenant is listed as a contract or agreement between two parties. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word berith is always thus translated. Berith is derived from a root which means “to cut,” and hence a covenant is a “cutting,” with reference to the cutting or dividing of animals into two parts, and the contracting parties passing between them, in making a covenant (19). Gen 15; Jer 34:18,19).
The Lord God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham in Genesis Chapter 15. The Lord God started out promising to be Abraham’s shield or his defense in time of battle. What that means is that no enemy can touch you. Then the Lord God says that He is Abraham’s great reward. Whatever material needs Abraham had, if he would look to God for them, he would receive them.
Genesis 15:1 (NIV)
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.
Then the Lord God directed Abraham to get the sacrificial animals and He made a covenant with Abraham.
Genesis 15:8-9,17 (NIV) So the LORD said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
You may wonder what were the blessings or the promises God made to Abraham. The seven fold blessing belongs to you, child of God. They are found in Genesis Chapter 12:2-3. From the New International Version it states:
“I will make you into a great nation, and
I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and
you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and
whoever curses you I will curse; and
all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
In review, God said he will bless you and you will “be a blessing” to others. Abraham is considered our forefather so whatever promises God made to Abraham, we inherit it in our generation. You should be jumping for joy because God is willing to do all of this for you in exchange for your obedience. It’s simple. Believe what God says to you. Say yes to His will and to His ways and through your obedience, God will bless you too.