Borrowing and Lending: Heads or Tails?

In Deuteronomy 27 and 28, Moses speaks to the sons of Israel about blessings and curses.  Blessings come with obeying God’s commandments and statutes; whereas, disobedience results in curses.  As I read the following verses,  I couldn’t help but think about America’s moral and economic decline:

“You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.  The LORD will make you the head and not the tail.  If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.  Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them” (Deuteronomy 28: 12a-14 NIV).

If the sons of Israel disobeyed God they would be “the tail” and not the head.  They would borrow but not lend.  (See Deuteronomy 28: 43-44).

Studying Deuteronomy 27 and 28 is an eye-opener.  For example, the commands listed in Chapter 27 are not hard to follow.  Here is a summary:  Don’t make an idol.  Don’t dishonor your father or mother.  Don’t move your neighbor’s boundary mark.  Don’t mislead a blind person on the road.  Don’t pervert justice that is due to a stranger, an orphan, or a widow.  Don’t have sexual relations with your father’s wife, an animal, your sister, or your mother-in-law.  Don’t strike your neighbor in secret.  Don’t accept a bribe.

These commands are just as relevant today as they were in ancient times.  [See  Deuteronomy 5: 6-21 and Exodus 20: 2-17 for a complete list of the Ten Commandments.]

English: manuscript of Septuagint with 8 fragm...

English: manuscript of Septuagint with 8 fragments of the Book of Deuteronomy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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