1 Ch 18-20; Rev 19-20; Psalm 56-57
Our readings in the Old Testament are ‘chronologically’ arranged. That is that the texts are read in a way that is arranged with the flow of time, the story of God’s people. Thus we shall soon be reading the prophets who denounced the kings of Israel and Judah, as we also read of the downfall of those same kings.
Of course, as we are all aware, the Old Testament contains many different types (genres) of writing. There is poetry and prayer (Psalms and Song of Songs), there are sayings (proverbs), there are theological tales (Jonah and Job for example), and then there is ‘historical narrative’.
And therein lies a difficulty for us – for there is history and there is history. Who writes the history influences what is included, and in the case of our reading today, what is left out.
We read the words ‘In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle . . .’ and immediately we are in familiar territory, having just read exactly the same words in 2 Samuel 11 . . . but the story does not continues the same.
The Chronicler is not interested in David’s personal history – he is telling the story of the great King of Israel with no interest in his personal character, unlike the author of Samuel. Here the story goes on without missing a step and were it not for Samuel, we would never have known of David’s theft of Bathsheba
Does it matter?