Genealogies have their own place of significance.
Chronicles opens with a genealogical record. This to most of us seems irrelevant and boring. We tend to skip over these pages, right? But if it is in the Bible it has to be there for a purpose; for all scripture is God-breathed says the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:16. So, what are genealogies and why are they in the Bible?
Genealogy is the study of families tracing their lineage and history. They have a powerful part in the Bible. Genealogies help prove the Bible’s accuracy historically. Often, we come across people who insist that the Bible is a mere story or parable by which we are to live our lives. But genealogies help prove that the Bible is a historically proven account of people with names, who did really exist in specific times.
Genealogies also confirms prophesy. Jesus’ birth was prophesied through the line of David (Isaiah 11:1). The Scripture confirms that Jesus was indeed born of David’s line (Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-28).
Genealogies reflect the character of God, who is interested in each of His people, by name. The detailed lists tell us that God did not see Israel as a group of people. Each one mattered to Him, by name.
Genealogies reveal that Gentiles like Ruth, Rahab were in the Messianic line. God valued these people, though they were not part of His covenant people. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, who is lovingly interested in each of His people by name.
How does knowing these truths change your relationship with God and His Word?
Lord, may this refreshing reminder help me love you and your Word more, I pray.