Every person has 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 grandparents, and 16 great-grandparents. If we do
the math and figure back to the year A.D. 400, each of us should have about 18 quintillion direct ancestors. There is something
wrong with that calculation. Even if we discount the Christian belief that we are all descended from one couple, we must
acknowledge that the world is growing more populous, not less. There were obviously not 18 quintillion people on earth in
A.D. 400. Though I do not know the current world population, I am sure there are not anywhere near that many people living
now. I would venture to guess that the earth would not support that number of people.
What's the answer to this
puzzle? Here it is, as given in a newspaper column in the year 1989:
"We have assumed all those lineal ancestors
to be different people. But this is not the case. The same distant ancestor is related to us by many different routes. .....
Every marriage brings cousins together. If we go back far enough, any two people anywhere on earth have a common ancestor."
And so, site visitor, you and I are cousins, however many times removed. Welcome to the family.
God created Adam and his wife Eve
Seth was a son of Adam and Eve
Enos was a son of Seth
was a son of Enos
Mahalaleel was a son of Cainan
Jared was a son of Mahalaleel
a son of Jared
Methuselah was a son of Enoch
Lamech was a son of Methuselah
Noah was a son
Shem was a son of Noah
Arphaxad was a son of Shem
Salah was a son of Arphaxad
Eber was a son of Salah
Peleg was a son of Eber
Reu was a son of Peleg
a son of Reu
Nahor was a son of Serug
Terah was a son of Nahor
Abram was a son of Terah
The seventeenth chapter of Genesis tells about the covenant God made with Abram and the changing of his name
Isaac was a son of Abraham
Jacob was a son of Isaac
Isaac was "the son of promise", the one through whom all nations of the earth are blessed. That blessing comes
through Jesus Christ, who was physically a descendant of Abraham and Isaac and also "the son of promise" of whom
Isaac was "a type" or a foreshadowing.
Luke 3:23 gives the genealogy of Jesus Christ
This is actually the genealogy of Jesus's earthly father, Joseph. I believe in the virgin birth but I am aware that some
people question why the genealogy is given this way. Not wanting to discuss theology here, I will only say that I know Jews
living in Bible times considered adopted children to have the same status as others in the family. Are our families today
any different? I do not know of any people who were adopted into our family in past generations but we have several living
now who are adopted. They are full members of the family.
MATTHEW 1:1-15 GIVES ANOTHER GENEALOGY FOR JESUS
In Luke, Joseph's line is given, but in Matthew it is Mary's line. Luke gives the legal and Matthew the physical. Some confusion
is caused by the fact that Joseph's name is given in Matthew as a son of Jacob, Mary's father. The reason is that, in that
time, a woman's name was not used in a genealogy. Joseph's name was substituted for Mary's.