Those Boring Genealogies!

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Q. I was reading 1 Chronicles and was bored to death! The first 9 chapters are all genealogies! What’s the point of giving us a list of names of people who died thousands of years ago?

A. Genealogies may be boring, but they were written for our instruction:
Rom 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
 1 Co 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction,

What do they teach? I can think of several things:

 God knows all about us. We may find genealogies dull, but God is interested in them enough to record everything down.
 God values families. Genealogies are family trees. God is interested not only in individuals, but families. Family trees establish continuity with the past, as well as legitimizing the present e.g. claims to the throne, eligibility to be priests.
 Genealogies provide background information. E.g. Joab is identified as son of Zeruiah. Usually the name of the father is given after “son of”, but in this case Zeruiah was David’s sister (1 Chron 2:16)!
 God is faithful and keeps His promises. Fulfillment of promises made to the forefathers can be traced to the descendants, when they meet the conditions.
 Despite men’s boastfulness, most lived mundane lives without anything worthy to mention from a divine perspective. Yet God can still use fallen and imperfect men to accomplish His purpose e.g. Abraham had children with Hagar when Sarai was sterile (1 Chron 1:29-31) , Judah fathered twins with his daughter-in-law (1 Chron 2:4), Caleb had concubines (1 Chron 2:46, 48) etc.
 Occasionally there are bright spots to give hope e.g. Jabez (1 Chron 4:9-10), the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh (1 Chron 5:20b … they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.
 God is fair. Just as faith brings answered prayers above, wickedness brings judgment e.g. Er (1 Chron 2:3).

So even though it may be dry, persist and dig in the Word and you will find nuggets for your instruction.

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