Sermons on Marriage
In Proverbs 5:15-20 Solomon encourages his son to rejoice in the wife of his youth rather than go after an adulteress. Sexual intimacy in marriage is a good thing to pursue and is a check against sexual sins.
Song of Songs 8:6-14
The Song of Songs concludes in 8:6-14 with several lessons to learn from the book as a whole. First, sexual love is strong and therefore must be confined to a covenant relationship (marriage). Second, love must be protected. We must strive for chastity both in marriage and in our relationship with God. Third, love brings contentment and joy. Nothing else is needed in life. Fourth, love looks with anticipation to being with the Beloved, namely, it looks to the coming…
Song of Songs 7:1-8:5
In the Song of Songs 7:1-8:5 the Shulamite and her beloved are finally reunited and experience the bliss of sexual union in the context of marriage after being separated for a time. This ending to the story shows the need to persevere in marriage, but more than that, it shows the need for every Christian, having been redeemed by Christ and brought into union with him, to long for and to seek to hasten His return. The consummation at the…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
Song of Songs 3:1-5
In the Song of Songs 3:1-5 the Shulamite searches desperately for her beloved and finds him. When she finds him she will not let him go though she knows that love must wait for its proper time. As the Shulamite searches for her beloved, the one her soul loves, so ought the Christian search for Christ, the one his soul loves.
Song of Songs 2:8-17
In the Song of Songs 2:8-17 the Shulamite describes the call of her beloved. Her desire is to be with him and thus she responds by declaring her exclusive love for him. This passage shows the need for men to pursue women in relationships, but even more, it shows God’s pursuit of His people and their need to respond to Him in love. God calls you by the preaching of the gospel. Turn and be saved.