The idea of covenant is God’s. Ancient cultures picked up on the idea and used covenant-making principles to preserve, among other things, the wealth of the family line, and also to ensure strength of protection against enemies and outside threats.
Apart from God’s loving administration of HIS covenants, covenant agreements often produce something other than godly results for family covenants. According to F. Douglas Pennoyer, * writing on the subject of collective activity among families and people groups, ungodly covenants are the underpinning for families and communities whose goal in making covenant is restrictive, in a negative sense.
In such cases, working together as a unit, the family’s influence is exerted to hold everyone inside established family boundaries. The resulting limitations firmly maintain family traditions that emphasize ties to family so that the family – not God – becomes the source of strength with unspoken, behaviorally-enforced agreement that perceives outsiders with suspicion and contempt, and literally a threat to the family’s security.
By working together as a family this way, competition for dominance and the upper hand is passed to the children, teaching them compliance with family spirits – spirits associated with a particular family, unique to that family’s beliefs.
God’s idea of covenant isn’t like that. Based on His covenant plan, God called Abram away from family and homeland to a land and purpose of the Lord’s choosing. Abram obeyed and trusted God, a decision of his choosing. He became patriarch of the Hebrew people and even received a new name given by God—Abraham, meaning father of nations.
The promises of God to Abraham are not only for him but also for generations to come: “In Your seed (children) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” You and I were in the heart of God when He created Covenant. He gave us the Kingdom along with every imaginable blessing and made us family.
God loved, gave, and saved. We believe Him and receive Kingdom, connection, and life!
That’s the plan.
Genesis 12:1; 15:1; 17:5; 22:17-18, John 3:16, John 17:3, Verses@Once
* Pennoyer, F. Douglas, Wrestling with Dark Angels (Chapter 9, In Dark Dungeons on Collective Captivity, p.249) Ventura, California: Regal Books, Copyright 1990 by Dr. C. Peter Wagner