Ever been in the grocery store and one of the representatives offers you a taste-tester? You slide the toothpick in your mouth to taste the sample. Next thing you know, there’s that awkward moment – they’re looking right at you to see if you’ll smile and then open the freezer to invest in the product. You face a decision – invest in the meal or continue on to the next aisle looking for something better.
This is exactly what we see in Hebrews 6. The author is warning his readers that if they’ve tasted the Gospel but then decide to look elsewhere (namely, to the dead works of the Temple!), there is no place for repentance anywhere else. Conversely, if they do decide to invest in the Gospel, they will experience a sure and everlasting benefit that can only come from “two unchangeable things.”
Find out more about this dire warning and this amazing benefit in this message on one of the most controversial passages of all!
- What are the elementary or foundational teachings the Hebrews needed to graduate from?
- Hebrews 6:4-6 is a challenging passage. How do the words enlightened, shared, and tasted help us better understand the author’s true intent?
- How does the “ground that drinks the rain” (versus ground that doesn’t) analogy support that better understanding?
- In what way does verse 9 offer hope to true believers in the midst of this warning chapter?
- What are the two unchangeable things? How is this an anchor of hope for the soul?
- What significance does the “order of Melchizedek” hold here?