Covenantal is often seenas a contract with God. A promise between God and a person. God establishes theterms and we choose to accept or decline those terms, by accepting the termsthis forms a covenant. An example of a covenant, would be getting baptized ortaking the sacrament.
There are many covenants in the Bible. After the flood,God made a covenant with Noah and his children. In Genesis 9:8-17 states “8Then God said to Noah and to his sons, 9 “Behold, I establish mycovenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every livingcreature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earthwith you, as many as came out of the ark. 11 I establish my covenant withyou, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, andnever again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said,”This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you andevery living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I setmy bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and theearth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in theclouds, 15 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and everyliving creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a floodto destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon itand remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature ofall flesh that is upon the earth.
” 17 God said to Noah, “This isthe sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh thatis upon the earth.” The rainbow was God’spromise not to flood the Earth again. Contractual is a legaltool used to detail something that two parties agree to. An example of acontract, would be a car selling contract, or a home loan or rent to own. Althoughthey seem quite similar, I think that if you think a little bit deeper thedifference is quite substantial. I think that the difference between covenantaland contractual is one’s attitude.
When dealing with a contract the partakersare hoping to benefit one’s self. The contract is then established as a way toensure that things go as planned, and protects them in the case it does not. Whereasa covenant makes the aspirations and needs of the other persons theiraspirations and needs.