In Genesis 5 we see various people’s lineages being described in detail. We learn about individuals and specific details about them. We learn that Enoch was one that walked with God (vs. 21), we are given the detail of the ages of the specific individuals and read about Methuselah (25-27) (which is the oldest recorded living individual)). We also start to learn about one key character, Noah. Some may feel that specific chapters in the Bible that focus more on genealogies to be more of a bore and not significant.
One of the key elements is that they help us to trace the genealogy of Jesus, they show that we all derived from the same place (no matter ethnicity, race, etc.) and they show that God is very much in the details. I read a sign once that said:
God does not love All of Us
God loves Each of Us
One of the tenets in Christianity is the understanding that scripture is the inspired word of God. With knowing this we know that there is meaning for each detail. Each of the lives listed in the Bible may not be as interesting to me or you but they are significant to God. This is an important detail to remember when we think our lives may not be significant or that we have not done anything that matters. There is one that loves you beyond anything we could ever hope for or imagine.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 (NIV)
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands... Isaiah 49:16 (NIV)
Kelly Saylor is a licensed Christian counselor that specializes in marriage and family counseling and mental health counseling. She is also the co-founder of SureHope Counseling & Training Center and offers trainings to individuals, couples, churches and church staffs. If you would like to learn more or have any further questions you can reach Kelly Saylor at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 980-272-8180.