The word “genealogy” was derived from the Greek language, and refers to one’s ancestry or descent. In easier terms, genealogy is simply the history of a family. Genealogy was very important to people in the past because it was necessary for some individuals, especially the wealthy, to prove their birthrights or inheritance. Today people study the genealogy of their families because it is such an interesting thing to do!
Genealogy was very important to God because it was through a chosen line of people that His Son, Jesus, was promised to be born. The Bible records the genealogy of Jesus all the way from Adam, the first man, to Jesus, the only-begotten Son of God.
It is not only interesting to study our physical genealogies, but it is exciting to study our spiritual genealogies too. Some children come from a long line of believers, and some have only their parents. Of course, the most important thing to remember is that our genealogy is not what is important to God. We can each become a member of His eternal family by repenting of our sins, receiving His forgiveness, and deciding to obey and belong to Him in all things.
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