The Purpose of Genealogies

The book of Chronicles starts off with genealogies. When we come across long lists of names in the Bible, it can be tempting to skip over and dismiss them as unimportant. But genealogies are of critical importance because they draw a line from problem to solution and connect the dots between promise and fulfillment. 

We see this clearly in the New Testament. Matthew starts off his Gospel with the promise to Abraham and connects it to the fulfillment in Jesus. Matthew 1:1 – “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” Luke on the other hand starts at the very beginning with Adam because that’s where the problem started and then draws the line all the way to the solution in Jesus. 

As an added bonus, Luke gives us some special insight by finishing his genealogy saying, “Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” By going all the way back to Adam and calling him “the son of God” Luke shows us that Adam is a type of Christ pointing us to the fact that Jesus would be the actual Son of God. Jesus is the common thread woven deeply into the entire tapestry of the Bible – even the genealogies! 

It’s time to ask yourself, “Am I letting the Holy Spirit weave Jesus through the entire tapestry of my life as well?”
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