I use Robert Murray McCheyne’s Bible reading guide for my personal Bible reading, and am presently working through the genealogies in 1 Chronicles.
Let’s be honest–we don’t usually think of these passages of Scripture as sources for Christian devotion and encouragement, do we? Yet we need to remember some important things here–
- They are the result of the Holy Spirit guiding and protecting the human biblical author, with the result being that what they wrote is inspired (2 Tim 3:16a)
- Because all Scripture is inspired, all of it “is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16b)
- Because of Scripture’s character and profitability, it has a clear, definite objective–to make believers capable and equipped for good works (2 Tim 3:17)
Soooooooo, how can genealogies help me meet all the demands of life so that I will live in a Christ-honoring way? After all, I have a hard enough time pronouncing the names right much less profiting from them!
What can happen with reading lists of names is you can just start to glide over the verses and before you know it you’re turning pages like a speed-reader–but you’re not reading! Resist that temptation; take the time to work through it; and ask the Lord for help (Ps 119:18).
As I work through this and other genealogies, I’ll post a “gem” that was helpful to me and I trust will be to you as well. Here’s today’s–
They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand; for they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him (1 Chronicles 5:20).
The valiant men of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh warring against their enemies gained help from the Lord to defeat them because they trusted in Him and expressed that trust through prayer.
That’s something that should teach, reprove, correct, and train us to live a righteous life in an unrighteous world!