Summary: To motivate the Church to learn priceless lessons from Genealogies instead of ignoring them as boring!!!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and He doesn’t waste His breath.” noted a noted Christian leader reflecting on 2 Tim 3:16-17. How true it is we say subjoining! Yet do all our actions convey the fact that we believe in this truth? Do not some Christians who are in a “cruise mode” (permit me to use driving terminology) when it comes to reading the Scriptures (some sincere souls read even 15 chapters a day), view “certain Scripture sections” as an unnecessary “speed breaker”? So what are those passages which our fellow brethren expertly “bypass” in order to maintain the “speed of their journey” through the Scriptures (honestly compels me to admit that I too was one of them, sometime back)? Oh yes the GENEALOGIES! The very mention of Genealogies abounding with repetitive phrases’… “He begat”…”He was the son of” makes most Christians flinch. So are Genealogies to be avoided with the “what is there to learn from them” contemptuous sentiment? Not exactly, especially when we begin reading them prayerfully with an air of a sincere explorer (Psalm 119:18)!
Primarily, a clear understanding as to why as they have been placed in the first place in Scripture would itself make us praise THE ONE, who has placed them there. Firstly, doesn’t it (placement of Genealogies) convey the ABSOLUTE SINCERITY of the inspired authors’ that they want to deal with the subjects they are writing about in their TOTALITY, giving no scope for any loopholes, whatsoever (ask any Research Scholar preparing his thesis)? Not for them any shortcuts, when it comes to “telling a story” which would influence the eternal destiny (hell or heaven) of the reader! Secondly, when there is proper laid out history (to its last detail), there would be “no misty mystery” in the minds of any reader, for Genealogies would always serve as a “back-up database” (permit to use some cyber lingo) to cross-check any information or clarify any doubt. Later on in this essay, you would find me depending on Genealogies itself to arrive at a certain truth about Genealogies! Playing a googly (means anything confusing) in a Genealogy eh?
In this message I propose to bring before my readership, 6 outstanding truths contained in Biblical Genealogies (bearing the mark of a genius Author) which are not be found elsewhere in the Scripture. So what are they?
GOSPEL IN THE VERY FIRST GENEALOGY
Ever wondered, why in the very first genealogy in the Scriptures (Genesis 5), the progenitors have been so named? Standing firmly on the premise that nothing is written in the Scriptures without Divine inspiration (I Peter 1:21), let us join the names of the progenitors and examine the whole matter in the light of meaning of those names in Hebrew language. Oh boy, oh boy, these names (in Hebrew language) when joined together and studied convey…hold your breath… the “GOSPEL MESSAGE” itself! Consider this
ENGLISH = HEBREW
ADAM = MAN
SETH = APPOINTED
ENOSH = MORTAL
KENAN = SORROW
MAHALEL= THE BLESSED GOD
JARED = SHALL COME DOWN