Sermons on Deuteronomy

Sermons on Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 16:1-17

In Deuteronomy 16:1-17 Moses gives instructions about the three annual feasts in Israel’s calendar: the Feast of Unleavened Bread (associated with the Passover), the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths.  All three of these feasts show that worship is communion with God, that it is based on past redemption, and that it rejoices in the blessings of salvation while looking forward to the consummation of all things in the New Heavens and New Earth.  All of this…

Deuteronomy 15:19-23

In Deuteronomy 15:19-23 Moses gives the law concerning offering the firstborn of an Israelite’s clean animals to God, emphasizing that the animals used in sacrifice must also be without blemish.  This law builds on the theology of the Passover and Exodus where God redeemed His people so as to spare the firstborn of Israel through the blood of a lamb.  This law was meant to be a reminder of what it takes to make an atonement whereby the people of…

Deuteronomy 15:1-18

Moses continues to expound the 4th commandment in Deuteronomy 15:1-18 by explaining the year of debt cancellation that was to happen every seven years.  The seventh year points to an organic connection with Sabbath law, showing the significance of the Sabbath: it is a celebration of having our debt before God cancelled and being released from slavery.  All of this is fulfilled in Christ through his great redemption.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29

In Deuteronomy 14:22-29 Moses gives instruction for the annual and triennial tithe laws for the people of God once they enter the land.  These laws show that tithing ought to be done first for the maintenance of the worship of God and second to provide for the needs of the poor, especially among the people of God.

Deuteronomy 14:1-21

The food laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy have always been challenging to Christians.  What is the significance of these laws from Deuteronomy 14:1-21?  Ultimately these laws were meant to make a distinction between Israel, who was chosen by God and therefore holy, and the world, which is enslaved to death.  Not only that, but the doing away of the food laws shows that the nations are no longer in exile but brought near through the blood of Christ.

Deuteronomy 13:1-18

In Deuteronomy 13:1-18 Moses speaks of the need to put to death false prophets, apostate family members who seek to lead others astray, and entire cities that have turned against the Lord without any pity.  The equivalent today is excommunication.  Moses roots faithful execution of discipline in the love of God.  The primary reason for faithful discipline is love for God and lack of discipline proves a defection in one’s love for God.

Deuteronomy 12:29-32

The Regulative Principle: In Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Moses continues to expound the 2nd Commandment dealing with the right way to worship God.  What kind of worship does God accept?  We are told that God does not accept worship by idols, but also that the worship that God does accept is that which is obedient to His commands.  There are only two sources for worship practices: man and God.  True worship comes from God alone.  This principle of true worship being defined…

Deuteronomy 12:1-28, Part 2

In Deuteronomy 12:1-28 Moses explains that God will choose to set His name in a particular place once the people of God have rest all around.  Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of this.  He is the King who gives rest to all of His people, and He is the place God has chosen to set His name, the fulfillment of everything represented by the temple in the Old Testament.  Not only this, but in the gospel these blessings also apply…

Deuteronomy 12:1-28, Part 1

Deuteronomy 12 is foundational for the worship of God for the Israelites. Here God promises to set His name in a particular place, which ends up being Jerusalem in the day of David. Pastor Grasso explains the significance of this central place for the worship of God, and the way it was fulfilled in Christ, such that now, the place God has set His name is Christ through the incarnation. If you want to come to God in worship it…

Deuteronomy 11:8-32

In Deuteronomy 11:8-32 Moses concludes his exposition of the First Commandment to have no other gods before Him. As is typical for covenant contexts, he concludes with a blessing and a curse for the people depending on their obedience. The obedience required is loving God and the blessing to be received is life with God in the land. Such an exhortation applies to all people today. You must love God in order to receive the blessing of life with God in the new heavens and new earth.

Deuteronomy 11:1-7

In Deuteronomy 11:1-7 Moses highlights the fact that his audience have not just heard about the grace of God and His awesome works, but their own eyes have seen it. Moses teaches that this knowledge of God’s greatness and His grace actually increases the obligation to obey the law. The same holds true in the Church. The Christian’s obligation to keep the law increases as he increases in the knowledge of God. If you know the love of God, then obedience is the only correct response.

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

In Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Moses begins the conclusion of his long explication of Deuteronomy 6:4-5. In this passage, which reads like a sermon, Moses shows that God’s command to love Him with all of your heart, soul, and strength is not a burdensome command in light of the love God has shown in the gospel, especially as this love is the gracious love of the almighty, incomprehensibly glorious God, who condescends to love helpless sinners.