Commonly, many overlook genealogies in the Bible. I must admit, I’ve fallen victim to skip over them, so you can freely admit that you have!
Some of the reasons why we tell ourselves to skip over extensive genealogies in the Bible are:
1)The numerous lines of each generation can be very exhausting at times to read over in their entirety.
2) Everyone mentioned in genealogy isn’t a pivotal person in the Scriptures.
3) You just want to get to the point of the text you came to read!
With that said, genealogies in relation to the Bible are very important to understand things such as the importance of establishing credibility for tracking claims to authenticate ties to Abraham and the promise to his descendants. Jews wanted to prove they were directly related to Abraham who was the father of the Hebrew people.
Moreover, genealogies play a huge role in establishing biblical historicity. Although some genealogies are condensed to get to the point about a specific office or individual, a lot of them contain important details about historical events. For example, in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, the inspired writer documents from David to Babylon and captivity in Babylon to the birth of the Messiah. Babylonian exile was a devastating and distressing period for the Israelites, so to document this emphasized how important it was to preserve cultural ties to their former nation and identity.
Furthermore, when we read the genealogy accounts in the gospels of Matthew 1: I-17 and Luke 3:23-38, it becomes evident that the inspired writer wants to give the reader a foundation for legitimizing the Messiah as Jesus Christ. The author demonstrates how Jesus is a descendant of Abraham, which he later would fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant. Also, in Luke’s account, the tracing down to Adam is important because it reveals the true meaning of Jesus’ name “The Lord saves.” Jesus would be the one to redeem the world from its sin introduced by Adam from The Fall.
Next time you encounter a genealogy, consider its importance for helping you understand the totality of the Bible.
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