These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the years of the life of Levi were one hundred and thirty-seven. … Now Amram took for himself Jochebed, his father’s sister, as wife; and she bore him Aaron and Moses. And the years of the life of Amram were one hundred and thirty-seven. … These are the same Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, “Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.” These are the ones who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt. These are the same Moses and Aaron.
When we come across genealogies in scripture most of us tend to tune out.
We see a bunch of names that we may have never heard off, let alone know how to pronounce. In our continuing exposition in Exodus we come to a genealogy this Sunday, one which is seemingly placed here out of nowhere. The genealogy is actually placed in a larger section that we looked at last time which begins in Exodus 6:9 and ends in chapter 7:7, where Moses is pouring out his heart to the Lord about his inadequacies for the mission ahead. In chapter 7:1-7 the Lord declares to Moses that He will judge Pharaoh with mighty acts of judgment. Moses will go on to confront Pharaoh and God will deliver His people later in the book of Exodus.
But this Sunday we will consider this short genealogy which we passed over last time. We will ask a few questions of the text. “Why is this genealogy here?” “Why is this genealogy so selective?” “Why are only certain names included and others left out?” “What’s the overall purpose of genealogies in the Bible?” These questions, Lord willing, will be answered, and it is my hope that you will come to understand, as we open up Exodus 6:14-27, the significance of a seemingly monotonous text like a genealogy.