Oddly, the Old Testament book of First Chronicles begins with a series of genealogical records that encompass nearly one-third of the entire book (1-9). First Chronicles reads nothing like the page-turner that Alex Haley wrote about his ancestors called Roots; however, to the Jewish people, the importance of their family roots could not be overestimated.
The Jews were careful record keepers and composers of history, evidenced by the many documents from which the compiler of the Chronicles drew his divinely inspired material. These meticulous records connected the Jewish remnant to their spiritual roots, which helped them rebuild their broken lives after seventy years in exile.
What do your ancestral roots say about your spiritual journey? Is it time for you to return to God?