Genealogies Are Not The Bible’s Equivalent of NyQuil

Theme Party for Wednesday, October 15 (’14)

This article is by a new contributor to Ten4Word: Mr. Nathan Brooks.  We hope you enjoy this new series he begins today and continues for weeks to come.

Welcome, Nathan Brooks!

Nothing will get people to yawn, pull out their iPhone/iPad, or glaze over like the reading of a genealogy on a Sunday morning.  Even solid expositional preachers will read them, tell you who the people were, and simply move on to the more “gospel” oriented texts. Put bluntly, if Jesus didn’t say it or Paul didn’t expound upon it, we don’t know what to do with them! 

Are genealogies just an ancient system of record keeping? Are they simply lists of people meant to act as a snooze button for our before-bed daily Bible reading? boringclass_large

Most importantly, what in the world do they have to do with Jesus and the Gospel?

Over the next couple of weeks we will take a look at one of the most intriguing sections of Scripture: the genealogy of Matthew 1. It is more than just a list of Old Testament saints.  It is the story of God’s covenant-keeping faithfulness to His people from father Abraham, to his many sons, all the way to The Son.

Knowing what our Bibles say is of utmost importance for the Christian life. It is by God’s word that we are admonished, encouraged, and strengthened. Jesus prayed that we may be sanctified in truth and that truth is His word. He also gave us the paradigm by which we are to view His word: Himself (cf. Luke 24:13-27). All of Scripture testifies to the person and work of the Son of God. Jesus is the drive and focus of Scripture.  Hopefully through this series, you will find yourself encouraged by the truth of Jesus’ testimony: all Scripture (even a seemingly boring and irrelevant genealogy) is about His person and work on behalf of His people.

Next week we will dive into the theological significance of Abraham in Matthew’s genealogy, and why he starts Jesus’ lineage from him as opposed to Adam in Luke 3. Most importantly, we will look into how Abraham tells us about the grand redemptive story that is about to unfold in the rest of the book of Matthew.




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