April 23: I Chronicles 1 & 2
1 Adam, Seth, Enosh; 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; 4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 Abram, that is, Abraham.
34 Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel.
1 Chronicles 1:1-5, 24, & 34
1 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. . . .
4 His daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Perez and Zerah.
5 The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul.
9 The sons of Hezron that were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10 Ram fathered Amminadab, and Amminadab fathered Nahshon, prince of the sons of Judah. 11 Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz, 12 Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse. 13 Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third, 14 Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh. 16 And their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three. 17 Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.
1 Chronicles 2:1-3a, 4-5, & 9-17
Genealogy of David
Have you ever been to a family reunion of your in-laws? By the time you are introduced to the first 4 or 5 relatives, your head is already spinning.
"Let's see," your spouse explains, "George is the wife of Jane, who is the sister of Paul, who is my grandfather. Of course Jane was really only a half-sister because Paul's Mom was his second wife." It kind of reminds me of the funny story called, "Whose on first." If you have not heard it, look it up on the internet.
Genealogies do have their importance; as a matter of fact, they are so important that God used the first 6 1/2 chapters of the book of 1 Chronicles for genealogies of the children of Israel. I just showed the highlights above, tracing David's genealogy all the way from Adam. This, of course, is also the genealogy of Christ, because Mary and Joseph were both descendents of David.
As Christians, we are part of this same genealogy--we are adopted through the Lord Jesus Christ. Though it does not often appear so, all true believers are a part of the same family--a family that does not know how to get along very well. How often do we see divisions arise among Christians.
This is all part of the sin nature we can not escape from while here on this earth. But, in heaven we will truly understand what it means to be a part of the family of God. It is just something we can hardly imagine now, though, is it not?
Pray today that God would graciously grant you adoption into His family through Christ, and that God would graciously help you to live at peace with fellow believers.
God Bless You,
All scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.