The Head and Not the Tail
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Learning to Live in the Heavenly Realm
Deuteronomy 13,14 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
As I have heard this scripture quoted, "I am the head and not the tail... I am the above and not the beneath", I have always wondered why this scripture seems to promote the importance of one person over another. Yes, it is the encouragement to those of low self esteem - Don't worry, you are better than others because you are a Christian now! You are the head - be glad you are not the poor sap of a person who is the tail! This never sat right with me and as I heard it proclaimed loudly in the pulpit it would almost make me cringe.
The bible says that Jesus did not come to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it. So I wondered where on earth did Jesus talk about this in the New Testament? How was this fulfilled by Him? Does he somehow put his stamp of approval on someone's need to feel better than others? If so, then how can it be justified in the New Testament to tell people that the least among you shall be the greatest? How could it also say that we are suppose to esteem others as greater than ourselves? I prayed about it and as the Lord began to show me the meaning of this scripture, I was very relieved to find that my understanding of it had been completely wrong.
As I studied, I found that being obedient and faithful to the Lord WILL make us the head and not the tail but not in the perverted way commonly taught! I began to consider the head and realized that one of the functions of the "head" is the ability to see. Through our relationship with Christ, the bible says we can see things that are eternal that we can not see with our natural eyes! (2 Cor 4:18) There is a prayer from the Apostle Paul that the eyes of our understanding would be enlightened; so that we could understand and hope in our calling (Eph 1:18,19) When we walk in obedience to the Lord and when our hearts are faithful to Him - He gives us the attributes of the "head" by making us to "see"!
There are special things written in the bible specifically to those who can hear. In the book of Revelation alone, we find seven times that it says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Also, we find in John 8:47, "He who is of God hears God’s words". The blessing of the obedient and faithful Christian is to be able to hear what God is speaking and this is another function and capability of the child of God that has the attributes of the head and not the tail.
The person that God has made the head will also be given a mouth to SPEAK words of grace and has even been given the blessing to speak the words of God Himself. The mouth is also used to TASTE and see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8) and we can also use our mouths for PRAISE. With one mind and one mouth we can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As having the attributes of the head, we are also given the nose to "smell" with. This represents the ability to discern with wisdom. Malachi 3:18 says "Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him". And Hebrews 5:14 tells us that solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Yes, the nose knows.... and as we put our discernment into practice we find that it catapults our maturing process.
Just like in our human bodies, the mind is the controlling power over all of our actions. We will never have an action that doesn't first begin with a thought. The person who is transformed by the Lord and not conformed to the world (Romans 12) will even have the ability to have the mind of Christ Himself - by which the entire body functions.
But what happens then to the person who doesn't obey the Lord or to the one who is not faithful to Him in his heart? He is likened to the tail. Does this mean he is the one at the bottom to be stepped on by those superior "head" people. No, not at all. Remember brethren, we compare spiritual with spiritual and God shows no partiality to any man! (Romans 2:11)
What then are the attributes of the tail? The tail doesn't have the ability to receive from the Lord itself. It cannot hear or see so we find those "tail" dwellers always chasing after man made programs or activities of the earthly realm that only leave them "chasing their tail" in circles with no pattern of growth whatsoever. Unfortunately, the tail doesn't have the discerning ability to know that you can feed your natural man in that way, but it will never work to feed your spirit man in that way.
When reading a scripture or when faced with a spiritual picture, the tail only has the ability to perceive through their earthly nature as it does not have the senses that have been imparted to the head. Jesus purposely spoke in parables so that those only those who had been gifted with eyes and ears from Him could understand.
I Cor. 3:13,14 "These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
In addition to God's promise to make us "the head and not the tail", we find a similar promise - that we will be the "above and not the beneath". Jesus really put to rest the meaning of this scripture when speaking of Himself:
John 8:23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world".
When we are born again into new life we find that we can make the same statement Jesus made. We are in the world but we are no longer of this world. We do not have our eyes on the things of the earth - because we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!
Friends, as we love the Lord with all our hearts, we can ALL be the head! As we love our neighbor as ourselves, we will encourage our neighbors that we ALL can have the mind of Christ! When we have the mind of Christ, we will rejoice that we ALL can be the head and not the tail! The above and not the beneath!
Teresa Kelton is the editor of
Daughters of Zion. She has been involved in various ministries over 15 years. She is a prophetic teacher and enjoys dream interpretation.
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