If you have ever read the Bible through from cover to cover, you will find there are parts that are boring. If you disagree with me, you either have not read the whole Bible, or you are dishonest with yourself. Parts of it are boring. You know it.
The parts in particular that I am thinking of today are the long lists of names. A list of “begats” going all the way back from Jesus to Adam. Are you kidding me? What about the lists in Nehemiah of all the people that worked on rebuilding the city. Lists of carpentars, stone masons, priests, musicians . . . the list goes on and on. Maybe somebody at some point wanted to know all this stsuff, but why is it in God’s Holy Word? Why is it so important that we have to read it? Why couldn’t it just be in some ancient filing cabinet at the Bethlehem county court house?
I’ll tell you why. Because most of us will never be an Abraham, Moses, Peter or Paul. Most of us will just be like one of the names on that list. The carpenters and plumbers, computer programers, stay-at-home moms, check-out clerks, bus drivers and cooks. We are the people who do our normal jobs every day for the glory of God. God wants us to know that we’re an important part of His story. And every one of us is an important name on His list.