Why bother with the genealogies in the Bible?

For most of us (myself included), it’s hard to really “get something” out of the long lists of names scattered throughout the Bible. However, with a little digging, you can find some pretty interesting things. For instance…

Matthew 1:1-11 records the genealogy of Jesus Christ. I was told that in the original Greek language in which it is written:

The total number of words is evenly divisible by 7.
The total number of letters is evenly divisible by 7.
The total number of vowels & consonants are also divisible by 7.
The number of words that begin with a vowel is divisible by 7.
The number of words that begin with a consonant is divisible by 7.
The number of words that occur more than once, divisible by 7.
The number of words occurring in more than one form, also divisible by 7.
The number of words occurring in only one form is divisible by 7.
The number of nouns shall be divisible by 7.
Only 7 words are not nouns.
The number of names is divisible by 7.
The number of male names is divisible by 7.
The number of generations is divisible by 7.

Now, I’ve not dug in to this extensively to verify everything, but think about it. If only half of the things on the list check out, that’s still pretty impressive…

Just some things to think about.