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Boring Genealogies?

  • Actually - we find researching our Family Trees quite fascinating. Especially when you discover that part of your heritage came from Royalty or from the lineage of a Famous and even Infamous individual.

    But many people when reading Genesis or the Gospels where the Genealogies are found ... find them so 'boring' that they simply skip the reading of them.

    Honestly ... this is a great loss. Because the Genealogies were written for several very significant reasons.

    The first and most likely the foremost reason ... has to do the all-important Bloodline that would lead to the Christ. Just the numerical value of this bloodline is not only 'interesting' but again .. extraordinarily meaningful.

    Take Matthew Chapter One for instance. Here we find a long list of names ... some - because of culture, are very difficult to even pronounce today. This specific list defines Jewish History from Abraham all the way to Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

    But there is something amazing about the chronology of this list. They are divided into Three Sections of Time.

    1) From the Patriarch Abraham to King David.
    2) From King David to the 'Carrying-Away' into Babylon.
    3) From the 'Carrying-Away' into Babylon until Christ.

    Interestingly enough ... each of these time periods involves precisely 14 Generations. And they go back only to Abraham.

    Luke's Gospel gives us the reverse order beginning with Christ and following the lineage of Joseph. (Who was married to Mary.) And it is her Father 'Heli' from which this genealogy is traced all the way back to Adam.

    Joseph's father was actually named Jacob. And we cannot be for certain ... but Joseph may have been 'adopted' by Heli and for this reason, Luke, a Gentile Convert, relates the Lineage of Joseph, through Mary's father Heli. And there is a total of 77 Generations from Jesus back through Joseph's Father-in-Law's family tree to Adam.

    Once I spent many long hours perusing the Scriptures following the Bloodline of Jesus from Adam. I found this study to be fascinating. And because of it, I have learned to determine for 'myself' the Truth contained in Scripture. I do appreciate 'Teachers' etc., but there is nothing compared to YOUR discovery of God's Word.

    Get IN it ... Discover the Who, the What, the Where, and the When ... for YOURSELF!

    Nothing is 'Boring' in God's Word. Ask Him to Open your Eyes to behold wonderful things out of His Word.

    Amen.


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