Last week’s Old Testament readings collapsed most of David’s rise to power and consolidation of his throne—issues covered from 1 Samuel 16 through 2 Samuel 6—into three chapters. In this week’s readings, comparably speaking, the Chronicler spends more time on David moving the ark to Jerusalem and preparing to build the Temple for the LORD. The readings culminate with David’s psalm of praise in 2 Chronicles 16:7-36, God’s promise to give David an eternal house in 17:1-15 (cf. 2 Sam. 7) and David’s resultant psalm of praise in 17:16-27.
This last section of the lectionary, going to the end of the year, will cover the post-Exilic books of 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, and Malachi. Also included in these readings as an interlude in the account of Solomon in 2 Chronicles is the Songs of Songs, traditionally understood to have been written by Solomon. The Book of Deuteronomy anticipated that God’s People would apostatize from Him, which He would punish by driving them into Exile. The post-Exilic books addressed the issues and questions God's people had when they returned to the land, while pointing the way forward to Christ and the New Covenant.
This week's New Testament readings are from Paul's letter to the Galatians. The letter was probably written around AD 49, just after Paul and Barnabas completed the First Missionary Journey and before the Council of Jerusalem, which was either that same year or in AD 50. This timing is important.