Hebrews 6:8

Sunday, 28 October 2018

…but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. Hebrews 6:8

This verse is set as a contrast to what was said in the previous verse. That said, “Land that drinks in the rain…”

The rain was likened to the word of God. Although not evident in some translations, which incorrectly show a distinction between the land in the two clauses, the land in this clause drinks in the same rain as in the first clause. This is evident by the words, “but if it.” The subject “land” hasn’t changed. Despite this, the soil is bad – whether rocky, full of clay, full of sand, etc. – it simply doesn’t absorb it. And so it is with people who hear the same word and yet the yield is completely different. This group hears the word and simply rejects it. Like the good land which receives the rain, this land is also explained in the same general manner by Jesus in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:4-23. In this case, the land bears “thorns and briers.”

The terminology goes all the way back to Genesis 3. There we read in the curse upon Adam, “Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you” (Genesis 3:18). This land has received the same rain as the previous land. It has received the same care of cultivation as well. And yet it only produces that which came from the curse, thorns and briers. The result of the curse, which came upon man at the very beginning for his disobedience, is produced in the unproductive land and thus it is “rejected and near to being cursed.”

What more can be done to such an unproductive piece of land? To spend time on it would be futile. To invest more money and resources on it would be a waste. The result would be a piece of land which is not only unproductive concerning a good harvest, but which would actually be counter-productive by sending forth a bad harvest. There would be just one remedy: Its “end is to be burned.” The symbolism of the burned land is found in the words used by Moses in Deuteronomy 29 –

“The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.” Deuteronomy 29:23

The context of this verse from Deuteronomy is the curse of the Lord upon Israel. This is explicit before the verse, and it is repeated again after it with these words –

“Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against this land, to bring on it every curse that is written in this book. 28 And the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger, in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 29:27, 28

Understanding this, it is the same audience that Moses was speaking to in Deuteronomy that the author of Hebrews is again speaking to, meaning the Hebrew people. Though any such example is given for the Gentile-led church to learn from, it is the Hebrew people who are the subject of the matter. The people are being warned that they have been given abundant rain, and they have been carefully cultivated, but what they produce will result in what happens to them?

Unfortunately, they produced (as a collective whole) thorns and briers. Because of this, the curses of the covenant did fall on them. They were scattered and destroyed for two thousand years. However, the words of the covenant also promise restoration at some point. That time has begun. The prophets foretold of the time when they would again be in the land and they would be given the chance to produce a proper harvest. This is why Hebrews is placed after the Gentile-led church age epistles. Though written to the first-century Jews, God knew that they would produce a bad harvest, and be cursed. However, after the church is taken out at the rapture, things will change. The tribulation period will refine them, and they will come out at the end of it by calling on Jesus and acknowledging His New Covenant.

Life application: Though this is addressed to the Hebrew people as a collective whole, those in the Gentile-led church age can learn the same lesson concerning individual salvation. For those who receive the word and produce a good harvest, they will receive their just reward. For those who reject it, a great Day of Judgment is coming. It says in Revelation 20:15, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Make the right choice today, while you still can. Drink in the water, cultivate your soil properly, and receive blessing from God.

Thank you Jesus that you have given us the chance to bear fruit for You. What we deserve is destruction, but you graciously took our sin and nailed it to the cross, if we will only believe. Help us to make that choice and then to glorify you through changed lives throughout all our days. Amen.

10 thoughts on “Hebrews 6:8

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Dear Charlie:

    I am Don Young’s widow, Deanne. November11th is the anniversary of his death and I am missing him terribly. I am so grateful for the way God has provided as so may people have rallied around me in my time of need. Unfortunately, I am low energy and find my daily tasks overwhelming. I am receiving godly counseling from my pastors wife but the day to day tasks I find difficult. Please pray that I will seek the Lord daily and follow HIS wisdom. Please pray for my four sons: Alex, who is serving the Lord but has quite a bit of responsibility, Brett , Andrew and Cody who need to come back to the Lord or need to trust him first. I thank you and your sweet wife for being faithful.

    Love in Christ,


    P.S. I would love to talk to you sometime. Please let me know where I can reach you.

    • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Deanne, I think of you and of Don often. I find it hard to believe it’s been a year. I am so very sorry for your loss, and also for your continued grief. I shall pray for you and for your sons. You are welcome to email or call anytime if you need a prayer. God bless you and keep you. Be encouraged in Christ the Lord. I will send an email to your phone right now with my contact info.


  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 8:33 am

    amen thank you

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Thank God my ability’s to plant food seeds and spiritual seeds are not connected! Ya the black thumb of death when growing vegetables and such. But I am encouraged that my spiritual seed planting may have produced fruit even if it’s just one person that goes Hmmm you may have something there and they start their own search for Jesus. I will consider my self blessed and a worth servent for the lord! My biggest prayer to the lord is that some how some way I can reach my own family and get them to say hmm you may have somthing there rather then rolling their eyes and saying here we go again when I bring up the subject of salvation.,
    Sadly I know far to many of you can relate to that. All we can do is pray and place them in the lords hands. As much as we love them we can’t feel guilty about our failed efforts to get them to see the light of salvation and allow them to become chains that bind us to this world. We need to move forward in our walk with Christ and knowing that he is in control and that he will give them every opportunity to turn to him before its to late. It’s free will and we pray that their will takes on his will for them. Amen

    We ARE another day closer to home

    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 10:54 am

    So excited and thrilled to see the tie in with todays Psalm 85 about the land (the people) and today and yesterdays Hebrew study. How marvelous! Also took time to read the Matthew passage and saw that story in the light of todays study. It took on new meaning to me, and I am grateful Charlie for sharing these amazing insights with us.

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I ditto you Gordon and John. What great blessings we get learning the Word as we continue praying, in thankfulness, trusting it molds us as we are the clay in His Hands. Living our lives to make ourselves as offerings to the Lord to use for His Glory. I pray we keep our eyes on Jesus so we can be used for His Glory more and more. Amen.

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Whoo hoo! You guys always bless me with your comments and your banter. God bless each of you.

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 4:26 pm


  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Now I know how we know Ithamar is a teen ager, looking forward to next week in more of Numbers chapter 7!!!

  • Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    WAS a teen ager☺️


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