Sermons on 7th Commandment
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 23:1-18 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.
In the Song of Songs 1:1-2:7 the Shulamite shows her great desire to be with her beloved, and yet she recognizes that love must wait for its proper time (2:7). This passages teaches that mutual affection is important in romantic relationships but that sexual intimacy must wait for marriage. Beyond this, since the Song is about Christ and the Church, the Shulamite’s desire ought to be reflected in the Church’s desire to be with Christ.
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…