There are a number of places in Scripture giving long list of genealogies. We find them boring and skip over most of the names, but they were important. They gave Israel a solid connection to their past. It was more than just a prideful look at being a part of this clan or that. They see, in their history, the hand of God working over many generations, as well as how their people responded to God. It was a history of both grace and sin, which was to teach them important lessons for their actions in the present day. God has never abandoned His creation, and the same lessons are there for us. We need to read the Scriptures, and then understand something of Church history over the last two thousand years. As with Israel, there have been some great high points, and some very low points. It is in seeing this larger picture of life that we have understanding for our life today.