This week’s Old Testament readings, chapters 1-7 of 2 Chronicles, mark the shift from David’s reign to Solomon’s, and with that, the focus on Solomon actually constructing the Temple that David had it in his heart to build.
The Old Testament readings for this week conclude the Chronicler's account of the reign of David, reminding the post-Exilic people that proper worship of God and God's promises to David were to be the foundation of the restored people of God. The New Testament readings are in 1 Thessalonians, Paul's letter of encouragement and follow-up to a newly planted church.
This week's Old Testament readings in 1 Chronicles can be divided into three sections regarding David’s reign, all of which are focused in different ways on laying the groundwork for the Temple. Recall that the Temple is one of the touchstones for the restored covenant community.