More for the Genealogy Freaks

These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 3 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah; these three Bath-shua the Canaanite bore to him. Now Er, Judah’s firstborn, was evil in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death. 4 His daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all. 1 Chronicles 2:1-5.

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.

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