Bible Genealogy and Jesus: Why We Should Love the Genealogies of the Bible
by Kevin Halloran
Why did God include lengthy genealogies in the Bible? Was it to make us bored? Was it to laugh at us as we struggle to pronounce Hazarmaveth or Ge-harashim?
While we can’t peek into the mind of God to know the exact reasons, there are several reasons that coming across a bible genealogy in your daily reading should encourage you greatly.
Since all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), that also includes genealogies!
Here are a 5 reasons to love genealogies in the Bible:
1. Bible Genealogies show that God cares about history.
Recording lineages of important people in Scripture shows that the story of the Bible takes place in actual human history.
There are some that claim the Bible doesn’t need to be historically true, but claim that we can live with hope in the message anyway, whether or not it is true. This way of thinking is dangerous and reduces the Bible to be a take-it-or-leave-it motivational book with fanciful myths or “nice thoughts.”
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The Apostle Paul firmly believed in historical importance to our faith. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14 that if Christ had not physically rose from the grave, our faith would be in vain.
Genealogies document actual history and illustrate that the Bible is historically rooted and our faith is not in vain.
2. Bible Genealogies show that God interacts with real people.
This means that each person you see mentioned in Scripture was a living, breathing human being just like us. Biblical characters like Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus all lived on the earth and breathed the same air that we breathe today.
Each of the people mentioned in genealogies represent a real life with real quirks, real problems, and a real need for a Savior.
We know more about some people mentioned than others, but archaeology supports many people from the Bible, both well-known and the more obscure bible characters. Elishama was a scribe only mentioned in a few Bible verses, but has archaeological support that shows he is a historical figure who performed the work the Bible said he did (read more about Elishama in the link above).
Although Elishama is not included in a genealogy, he is just an example in addition to genealogies that shows God interacted with real people from history…
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