Flocks of Jacob
& Promise of Prosperity
Bible Study Lesson from
study from Scripture,
promises Jacob prosperity
and delivers by way of Jacob separating the
spotted sheep of Laban.
Only God knows why the
results turned out the way they did for Jacob's
What about our
For you had little
before I came and it has increased to a
multitude, and the Lord has blessed you wherever
I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my
own household also?
So he said, What
shall I give you?
And Jacob said, You
shall not give me anything. If you will do this
one thing for me, I will again pasture and keep
your flock: let me pass through your entire
flock today, removing from there every speckled
and spotted sheep and every black one among the
lambs and the spotted and speckled among the
goats; and such shall be my wages.
So my honesty will answer
for me later, when you come concerning my wages.
Every one that is not speckled and spotted among
the goats and black among the lambs, if found
with me, will be considered stolen.
Laban said, Good,
let it be according to your word.
So he removed on that day
the striped and spotted male goats and all the
speckled and spotted female goats, every one
with white in it, and all the black ones among
the sheep, and gave them into the care of his
And he put a distance of
three days journey between himself and
Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Labans
Then Jacob took fresh rods
of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled
white stripes in them, exposing the white which
was in the rods.
He set the rods which he
had peeled in front of the flocks in the
gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the
flocks came to drink; and they mated when they
came to drink.
So the flocks mated by the
rods, and the flocks brought forth striped,
speckled, and spotted.
Jacob separated the lambs,
and made the flocks face toward the striped and
all the black in the flock of Laban; and he put
his own herds apart, and did not put them with
Moreover, whenever the
stronger of the flock were mating, Jacob would
place the rods in the sight of the flock in the
gutters, so that they might mate by the rods;
but when the flock was feeble, he did not put
them in; so the feebler were Labans and
the stronger Jacobs.
So the man became
exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and
female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
of the Flocks, the Rods in the Ground? - No Real
Answers, but ...
No one is sure about the
used to increase his flock and make it stronger.
There is one thought that
shepherds believed that placing certain images in
front of sheep at breeding time would have an
influence on the offspring.
Promise from God to Jacob
No matter what the method,
even if the increase was caused by selective
breeding, God chose to bless Jacob further
according to God's promise.
Just as with Jacob and his
flocks, we don't always know the reason God blesses
The word mentioned above is
belief. It's our belief in Christ
that sustains us and makes us prosperous - not in a
monetary sense, but in a spiritual realm.
Promise from God to Us
God promised prosperity to
Jacob - Jesus promises us eternal life if we only
believe in Him.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
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