The Head and Not the Tail

This past weekend, the Lord blessed our church family with an incredible All Church Summer Conference. Peter Tsukahira was our conference speaker and he made two references that bear mentioning this week and next.

He kept saying “Be the head and not the tail”.

The thought is from Deuteronomy 28:13 where the Lord tells the people of Israel that “The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath…”

This thrust of this biblical promise is fairly clear. The Lord says that His people will somehow be elevated above the rest. In fact it says in the verse, “…and you will be above, and you will not be underneath”. In the life of Joseph, the Lord eventually elevated him to the number two position in all of Egypt. Joseph became the head and not the tail.

However, as it is with the promises of God, there is normally a condition. Indeed, this is a conditional promise. It is not a “name it and claim it” promise of God.

The entire verse along with verse 14 reads, “The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14 and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”

Note the conditions of this promise. The people of Israel will be “the head and not the tail” if they do two things. First, they must observe all of God’s commandments. Secondly, they must not turn to other gods and serve them.

If you look at the Deuteronomy 28:1, it begins by saying, “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.” Again, it is amply clear that obedience to God’s command is a prerequisite to being the head and not the tail.

This was the aim of Peter’s messages to us. He exhorted us to be faithful to God and all of His commandments, not just the red letter edition of Jesus’ words, but all of Scripture.

As we are faithful and obedient to God’s Law, which is different than being legalistic (where rules take the place of God) about God’s truth, we shall experience the blessings of God so that we can be blessings to others.

Something to think about…