Hebrews 6:7-8 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

The author now uses an illustration about fertile and thorny land to give a strong warning to the readers. Two scenarios are described. The first is land that is fertile and well watered and because of this, produces a crop. The key idea is the rain that comes from heaven as a blessing of God. Without it, nothing can grow. This rain comes to those who follow the way of faith in Jesus. There is new life and the production of the fruit of good works for those who put their trust in him. The second illustration is of land that only has thorns on it. Thorns and thistles are about the only things that can grow in dry, arid land. It is viewed as cursed because nothing can grow there. It is difficult to survive in a desert. This is what it is like for those who cut themselves off from the only way to God. Eternal life will be impossible for them. The outcome of such land is the burning of the thorns and thistles. The idea of burning recalls the burning of the weeds at the great harvest time in Matthew 13:24-30. The choice for the readers is between a blessed life of abundance or the cursed life of judgment and fire. What determines the difference is how a person responds in faith and obedience to Jesus as the Son of God and High Priest.

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