Superficially, the opening chapters of First Chronicles have all the literary appeal of a phone book. However, to Jewish exiles that returned home from the Babylonian captivity, this book’s genealogies reminded them that they were God’s people. For Christians, the genealogies show God’s faithful preservation of the Messianic lineage from which Jesus came. Please open your Bible to First Chronicles chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of this Old-Testament book.