Read 1 Chronicles 1
Focus on verse 29
The first nine chapters of Chronicles are entirely composed of genealogical lists starting with Adam all the way through up to King David. Today’s reading gets us from Adam to Abraham. It can get rather overwhelmingly redundant to read these lists of names, many of which are difficult to pronounce, and some of which seem to refer to nations or tribes rather than individuals. The temptation for me is nearly always to skip over them and move on to “the good stuff”, so it takes some discipline to carefully read through all of these looking for what the Lord might have to say to me through His word of which these lists are an important part. The value of these genealogies lies not only in the ability to trace back ancestry and count generations etc. The value I find in them is that as I read these names, many of which are the names of real people who lived and walked the earth more than a few centuries ago, I find myself beginning to wonder what it was like. What kind of person was Kedar or Adbeel? Was Mibsam an honest man? Or might he have been a scoundrel? Some of these are mentioned only once by name and there is no other information about them. Others, like Abraham, have their entire story presented to us in other parts of the Bible. The point is…these are all real people, with real families, and real relationships. They experienced joys and sorrows and some lived long while others died young. I would guess we could assume that some were rich while others where poor. The genealogies are in part what give the scriptures the credibility of being real life accounts of real people even though some are not given much detail.