This week's Old Testament readings begin the book of Nehemiah, the second half of the Ezra-Nehemiah combination. The New Testament readings go from Acts 23 through the end of the book, and the Psalms cover Psalms 103-108.
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.
Having completed the genealogies that reconnect God's people to their history going back to Adam (1:1-14) and Noah (1:5-27) and to God's covenantal and providential dealings with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (1:34-7:40), this week's Old Testament readings in 1 Chronicles this week transition to the reign of David. The New Testament readings for this week covers the First Missionary Journey of Paul and Barnabas (chs. 13-14) and its immediate aftermath, leading to first church council, the Council of Jerusalem (ch. 15).
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells the congregation there, “Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia). And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go. … Continue reading The Significance of Pentecost