Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

Sermons by Rev. Michael Grasso

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.

Song of Songs 6:4-13

In the Song of Songs 6:4-13 we see the beloved’s persevering and transforming love for the Shulamite. She describes herself as “dark but lovely” at the beginning of the book, pleading for others to look away from her. Here she is blessed by the most royal of all women, having been thoroughly transformed by the love of her beloved. Such is the transforming love of God in the gospel. Such is also the love that husbands must reflect as they…

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. 

Song of Songs 5:8-6:3

In Song of Songs 5:8-6:3 the Shulamite calls upon the daughters of Jerusalem to help her look for her beloved, but there is a problem: her apathy towards him has caused them to think he is nothing special.  In this passage the Shulamite praises her beloved to others causing them to want to seek this beloved as well.  As the Shulamite’s praise of her beloved causes others to seek him, so our praise of God to others causes others to…

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.

Song of Songs 5:2-9

In the Song of Songs 5:2-9 the Shulamite, after her wedding, finds her affection waning when her beloved comes.  After it returns she searches for her beloved and is unable to find him.  Very often in marriage husband and wife need to fight for affection and intimacy, and the same is true in our relationship with God.  After our conversion there may be periods where our affections wane which disrupt our relationship with God.  A christian’s lack of affection for…

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…

Song of Songs 4:1-5:1 (Part 2)

In the Song of Songs 4:1-5:1 the bridegroom and bride finally come together on the night of their wedding. This is the center of the book and has much to teach about the good of sexuality in marriage; however, the first and most important meaning relates to God’s love for the church. Christ saves His people for loving intimacy with Himself.

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.

Song of Songs 3:6-11

In the Song of Songs 3:6-11 the Shulamite and her beloved come together in marriage.  Solomon is crowned king as his bride is brought to him.  Clues throughout this passage indicate that this wedding scene is meant to teach something about salvation: Christ is crowned as he takes his bride as his own in redemption.  Salvation is the coming together of a redeemed bride and kingly bridegroom.