Deuteronomy 28:13 says, And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
To be the head and not the tail is an oriental form of expression indicating the possession of independent power and great dignity and acknowledges excellence. The head signifies a ruler. So when the Bible says the Lord shall make you the head, what it is simply saying is that the Lord will make the ruler in all circumstances of life. And this is not any different from His original mandate to mankind as seen in Genesis 1:26, Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” What is dominion? Rulership! To be a ruler means you are honourable and to be held in high esteem.
Of course man fell from the pedestal of rulership God placed him on and became subject to the world around him. But what man lost in Eden, God restored to Him on Calvary. This is why the scriptures say; the Lord will make you the head. So you may not be, in reality, the head as you were initially created to be, but God can make you the head. And He who has promised to make you the head has a track record. He does not fail. If He has promised to make you, then He will.
The head is very honourable. It is sitting in a position where every important part of life is. Most importantly, it is where the brain is located. So the head is very important. In effect when God says I will make you the head, it means I will make you the brain box in that particular sphere of influence; I will make you the one that will be the eye of everybody; it is in you that the ear that hears the people shall be; it is from you that the mouth that feeds the people shall be. You are a city set on a hill. You are not below anybody. You are not a vassal. You are above.
It is interesting to note that Jesus used the same term, light, in describing the believer as He used in describing Himself. In John 8:12, Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” So if Jesus walked in the earth in full authority and dominion, then we have no reason walking the earth lesser than He did, for as He is, so are we in this word (1 John 4:17).
All over the Bible you find Jesus referring to believers not just as the light of the world, but also a city on hill, and the salt of the earth. Salt is a preservative. Take the church away and the world will decay. Salt works from the inside, light emanates from the inside and shows on the outside. You carry something the world cannot help but notice and defer to. It becomes easy, therefore, to understand Deuteronomy 28:18-26:
“Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
“Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess. The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish. And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away.
So in praise you will be better than everybody else. Before they praise anybody they will praise you. In name you will better than everybody. Before names are mentioned yours will be mentioned. In honour you will be better than many people. Before they honour anybody you shall be the one that is first honoured. God expects every one of his children to be above only.
Deuteronomy 28:7-10 says: “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
They will know seriously that your name is called by the name of the Lord; Everyone that attacks you, if their feet cannot carry them fast away from you, they shall worship before your feet.
Revelation 3:9 says: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
All this clearly depends on one thing if thou shalt hearken to the commandment of the Lord thy God, which I command you this day to observe and to do them.
Exodus 19:5 says: Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.
There is nothing in the world that you want that is not the Lord’s. That is why He said in 1 Corinthians 3:22 that all things are yours. But the there is a condition to all of this: if thou shalt hearken to the commandment of the Lord your God. Now that is a condition precedent to us seeing the manifestation of all that God has deposited in us. Our being the head and not tail, the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and the being in manifestation the peculiar people God has designated us to be, is tied to our conscious decision to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
Listen to what He said to Abraham:
Genesis 22:1-15 says: After these things God decided to test Abraham’s faith. God said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Yes!”
Then God said, “Take your son to the land of Moriah and kill your son there as a sacrifice for me. This must be Isaac, your only son, the one you love. Use him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains there. I will tell you which mountain.”
In the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took Isaac and two servants with him. He cut the wood for the sacrifice. Then they went to the place where God told them to go. After they travelled three days, Abraham looked up, and in the distance he saw the place where they were going. Then he said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go to that place and worship. Then we will come back to you later.”
Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and put it on his son’s shoulder. Abraham took the special knife and fire. Then both he and his son went together to the place for worship.
Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!”
Abraham answered, “Yes, son?”
Isaac said, “I see the wood and the fire. But where is the lamb we will burn as a sacrifice?”
Abraham answered, “God himself is providing the lamb for the sacrifice, my son.”
So both Abraham and his son went together to that place.
When they came to the place where God told them to go, Abraham built an altar. He carefully laid the wood on the altar. Then he tied up his son Isaac and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Then Abraham reached for his knife to kill his son.
But the angel of the Lord stopped him. The angel called from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
Abraham answered, “Yes?”
The angel said, “Don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way. Now I can see that you do respect and obey God. I see that you are ready to kill your son, your only son, for me.”
Then Abraham noticed a ram whose horns were caught in a bush. So Abraham went and took the ram. He offered it, instead of his son, as a sacrifice to God. So Abraham gave that place a name, “The Lord Provides.” Even today people say, “On the mountain of the Lord, he will give us what we need.”
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time.
God had sent Ishmael away, leaving Abraham with just Isaac, the son of His promise. Good. But now God was asking Abraham to sacrifice the only one thing that made is life worth living – Isaac. If you were Abraham would you have done it? That is what God is waiting for, obedience.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19 )
We all know the story of Abraham’s obedience. Just before he could sacrifice the boy, God stopped Him and gave him a ram instead. What followed was the highest blessing any mortal man of his generation or generations to come could have received. He became not only the father of many nations, but also the forebear of the Messiah. Obedience will put and keep you on top. All through his life Abraham, was head and not tail. He singlehandedly defeated five kings. Everywhere he went kings and princes honoured him.
His secret was simple: Obedience. That is all God is asking of us today. Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained.
The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink.
Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse. We must accept God’s training and obey Him.
You are the program of God. But for that program to be fully activated and operationally, it must align itself with the instructions of the Creator. We must train ourselves to be perfect in obedience. Therein lies our key to being the best. Therein lies our key to discovering and executing God’s plan for our lives. Jesus walked the earth in perfect obedience to God. We must do the same.