Nehemiah 7 : 4 – 73
Sometimes chapters like chapter 7 can seem pointless to read; they are full of names that are difficult to pronounce and full of people that are never mentioned other than in the genealogy. Some genealogies such as David’s or Jesus’ is easy to understand why it is listed, but why is genealogy important? I’ve thought about what God would possibly want me to reflect on as I read through this chapter. The commentary in my Bible mentioned that this genealogy was particularly important because the Jews were returning from their exile. Showing that they were indeed a descendant of Abraham was important to prove that they were Jews, thus they were part of God’s people.
That really got me thinking about my spiritual genealogy. You see, the Bible assures of us of our genealogy. Thanks to Christ’s sacrifice, we do not need to rely on man’s record of our human genealogy to prove our place in God’s kingdom! Paul writes about this in several spots: “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 3:6. “Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith…” Galatians 3: 6 – 8. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3 : 26 – 29.
Jesus’ death on the cross was for everyone! The Bible tells us that if we believe, His sacrifice has wiped us clean and we take part in God’s family. There is no need for a written record here on Earth to assure us of our inheritance, it is ours through faith. I cannot emphasize how incredible this is! These exiles needed their genealogy to prove they were Jews, otherwise they were considered unclean. We have an assurance that no man can take away: We are adopted into God’s family, no matter where we came from. Wow! Have you put your faith in Christ? Do you believe that He is the only way to salvation? If so, you are a part of God’s family.