We look at the two forms of covenant; one made between equal parties (parity) and one made between a superior and an inferior (Suzerainty). The latter is always the type found between God and man and the Ten Commandments show us an example of this Suzerain type. God introduces Himself, shows why He is worthy of the demands about to be made, lists the ‘conditions’ of the covenant and then the curses for failing to keep, and blessings associated with keeping, the covenant.
In Genesis 2, we see God entering into the Covenant of Works with Adam. The blessing of life and the curse of death are put forth. Thankfully, God’s grace is also displayed.