Sermons on Deuteronomy

Sermons on Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 27:11-26

In Deuteronomy 27:11-26, Moses finishes his instructions for the covenant ceremony to be performed on the other side of the Jordan. The focus of this passage is on the blessings for obedience and the curses for disobedience. In particular the curses for disobedience are emphasized, curses that we, even in this new covenant era, need to take to heart. If you make a practice of sin, you will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Deuteronomy 27:1-10

In Deuteronomy 27:1-10 Moses gives instructions concerning the covenant ceremony to take place after the people of God cross the Jordan.  There are two things highlighted in this ceremony: the public inscription of the Word of God and the offering of sacrifice.  These two, the Word of God and sacrifice, are highlighted by Moses to show the vital nature of each in order to have a covenant relationship with God. 

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Deuteronomy is a covenant document.  It defines the covenant relationship between God and his people.  In Deuteronomy 26:16-19 Moses, having finished his exposition of the law, shows that the purpose of these laws was to explain the obligations of the covenant for the people of God.  In this sermon Pastor Grasso explains the relationship between the Old and New Covenants as well as the gracious nature of the Old Covenant.

Deuteronomy 26:1-15

In Deuteronomy 26:1-15 Moses brings his long exposition of the law to a close. In this concluding passage he returns to instructions concerning the tithe and shows its relationship to thanksgiving for the blessings of salvation. When the people of God come into the land and receive all of the promised blessings they are to bring the tithe to the priest and confess their faith in the God who saved them as they give to Him. So too, God’s people…

Deuteronomy 24:6-25:4

In Deuteronomy 24:6-25:4 Moses addresses how we are to treat one another in every area of life.  Fair treatment especially requires taking care of the weak and powerless.  Ultimately, the major ideas of the world today fall short of the requirements of Scripture.  It is Christians, in obedience to Christ, empowered by the Spirit, who are able truly to love others.

Deuteronomy 24:1-5

Issues regarding marriage, divorce, and remarriage can be some of the most difficult things to face in life.  What does the Bible say about all of these things?  In Deuteronomy 24:1-5 Moses addresses laws specifically concerned with remarriage to a formerly divorced spouse.  In this sermon Pastor Grasso begins with this text and then goes on to give an overview of the biblical teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage from other parts of Scripture.

Deuteronomy 23:19-25

In Deuteronomy 23:19-25 Moses begins his exposition of the eighth commandment on stealing.  This commandment entails recognizing the rights and dues that are owed to both God and men.  If one does not give what is another’s by right, or if one does not give to God what he has vowed, then one violates the eighth commandment.  The point of the exposition of the law is to drive to Christ and to teach the truly righteous way to live.  Salvation…

Deuteronomy 23:1-18

Deuteronomy 23:1-18 shows that anyone who comes into the presence of God must be holy.  These laws restricting access to God and regulating holiness and purity remained in place until the coming of Christ who has so thoroughly cleansed his people that they now have perfect access into his presence.

Deuteronomy 22:9-30

In Deuteronomy 22:9-30 Moses begins to expound the 7th commandment.  Here he shows what entails adultery.  The passage teaches that one is to be pure and unmixed with the practices of the world and with unbelievers in marriage (22:9-12), that sex before marriage is wrong (22:13-21), that sex with a married woman is a great sin against God (22:22), that guilt for sexual sins must take circumstances into account (22:23-27), that violations of women obligate the violating man to provide…

Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8

The sixth commandment, “You shall not murder”, entails more than simply refraining from killing another person.  In Deuteronomy 21:10-22:8 Moses expounds the sixth commandment to include preserving life for the vulnerable, those in one’s family, and even one’s enemies.  It is a violation of the sixth commandment to deprive another of the things needed for life.

Deuteronomy 20:1-20

In Deuteronomy 20:1-20 Moses gives instructions for war.  Contrary to pacifist teaching, the Bible is not absolutely against war in this world.  There are regulations, however.  A just war is one that is fought for just ends.  In such situations those fighting must trust in God and not be afraid.  A just war is conducted so as to preserve the lives of women and children.  We are reminded in all of these laws that God is the one who fights…