Is there really anything important about the genealogies of the Bible? I know the first time I read through them my eyes were glazing over and I got nothing out of them. But after I’d read through the Bible once, my next trip had me stopping at familiar names, and remembering the stories behind them. It was as if I was doing my own family’s genealogy and discovering my great-grandfather had fathered my grandfather by his father’s widow. Almost nothing in the family history is neat and tidy and wholesome.
These records remind us that God works His will through people we would have been unwilling to use. It tells us that this is a redemption story from beginning to end. It also tells me to never give up on anyone.