Sermon Quotes | "What to Make of a Genealogy"

“And the people believed, and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshipped.” Exodus 4:31

“The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us” Exodus 5:21

“If only the Lord had shortened the genealogies…If we only had one more verse on each of the top ten questions we wrangle over! And think what he could have told us with an extra paragraph or chapter on a few of the tough topics! Our Bible would be exactly the same length-even shorter-but the questions that rattle the church could have been anticipated and definitively answered. But somehow, God in his providence didn’t choose to do that.” David Powlison

“Genealogies are intrinsic to the Israelite feel for the flow of history that arose from their conviction that God was shaping events in this world so that his purposes would be achieved. This is linked to the nature of the covenant promises which did not come to individuals in isolation, but to individuals and their offspring after them. In this way family history was a testimony to the outworking of God’s saving purpose in history. What happened in each generation was not isolated from what preceded or what followed. Through the history of the line of promise there is the reality of God’s continuing graciousness.” John Mackay

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers…and Ram the father Amminadab, the father of Nashon…” Matthew 1:1-4