Deuteronomy 28:43 The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44 They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail. 45 All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you.
Here we find ourselves face to face with God’s words to national Israel detailing what His opposition would look like should Israel decide to forsake obedience to His Law. And what this opposition looks like is that Israel as a nation will be no longer be in control of their Nation. Instead, the Christ hating enemy will swoop in and displace the Hebrews in their own land.
This idea is raised again in Psalm 106, only there the enemy who will take over seems to refer to the aliens outside Israel and not within Israel.
40So the anger of the LORD burned against His people, and He abhorred His own inheritance. 41He delivered them into the hand of the nations, and those who hated them ruled over them.
We might say it this way, when considering God’s promise in Deuteronomy 28 … “The Hebrews will lose their land, their culture, and their identity. They will not rule, but they will be ruled over by those who are foreigners – not Hebrews.”
Now before we get into this we must keep in mind there is a whole swath of Reformed clergy and Churches who do not believe this passage applies any longer. They do not believe there can be Christian nations and if there can not be Christian nations it cannot be the case that the Christians lose their position and status as head and so become the tail. This passage, it is said, is no longer in effect since it is not possible for Nations to be Christian. I don’t want to belabor this point this morning. I just want you to be aware of it. I want you to be aware that much of the Reformed Church could not preach this sermon because they do not believe that it any longer applies. This was, so the saying goes, something that was for the OT economy.
But for those of us, who like John Calvin, do believe this passage apply after the Resurrection of Christ what might we say when we consider this passage?
Well, we might first ask, what would this becoming the tail and not the head look like? What might the alien rising higher and higher among the Hebrews look like? What would it have looked like for the Hebrews to have been pursued and overtaken and so destroyed? What might always borrowing and never lending look like?
Well, we can only offer suppositions but the suppositions to follow would certainly be consistent with that kind of language.
Concretely speaking I think what the Hebrews might have faced to be made the head and not the tail is that their heroes may have been changed out. As the Alien rises higher and higher the statuary of the Hebrews would have doubtless been taken down and replaced. Down go the statues of David, or Moses, or Elijah, and up go the statues of Goliath, Haman, and Pharaoh. Hebrew School names and street names would have doubtless been changed out. As the Hebrews became the tail and the Aliens the head the school and street names honoring Elisha, Joshua, and Caleb would have been changed in order to honor Achan, Jambres and Jannes and Jezebel.
Another sign doubtlessly of the Hebrews being destroyed and the Alien ascending would have been a drop in the Hebrew birth rate to below replacement levels and an increase in the birth rate of the Alien. This would definitely over time lead to their destruction and eventual genocide.
This would be part of a broader attack on the family of the Hebrews by the Alien. The Alien rising higher and higher in order to make sure that the Hebrews continued to sink lower and lower would do all that it could to destroy the integrity of the Hebrew family. They would separate Hebrew parents from Hebrew children. The rising Alien would introduce gross irregularities into Hebrew marriage. The rising Alien would seek to normalize perversion among the Hebrew people which would contribute to the declining birth rate mentioned earlier. They would seek to alienate young Hebrew men from young Hebrew women by infecting the former with irresponsibility and the latter with feminism.
Doubtless a sign of the Hebrews becoming the tail would be a decided increase in the suicide rate of Hebrew men, a decided increase in the usage of Ritalin by Hebrew boys,
Doubtless in the lending department the Alien would construct and control a centralized bank that would forever keep the Hebrews in debt by the usage of fiat money. In such a way the Hebrews would forever be receiving the loans and never the ones to do the lending. In such a way the truth of Proverbs 22:7 would be seen;
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
Another sign of the Alien rising higher and higher over the Hebrews would be for the Hebrews to decide that since their economy needed cheap labor in order to manufacture cheap goods what would be advisable is to invite even more non-Hebrews into their land.
In the Hebrews history, this warning in Dt. 28 came to pass more than once. In Isaiah for example we read,
“Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire, strangers devour your land in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers…” -Isaiah 1:7
And all this because of a refusal to live by God’s law. The result of all this is that the Hebrews came down very low; into a very mean condition, to be in great subjection, a vassal and a slave in their own land.