“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” (Genesis 12:1-3)
The God who takes the initiative and speaks to Abraham also enters into covenant with him. Not a business deal where two people sign a contract nor a handshake over a fair exchange, a covenant is more profound than either of the above.
A Bible covenant unites people to God and to one another.
-- Joe E. Pennel, Jr. in "The Upper Room Disciplines 2000"