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promises Jacob prosperity
and delivers by way of Jacob separating the spotted
sheep of Laban. What about our promise?
Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph,
that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I
may go to my own place and to my own country.
- 26 "Give me my wives and
my children for whom I have served you, and let
me depart; for you yourself know my service
which I have rendered you."
- 27 But Laban said to him,
"If now it pleases you, stay with me; I have
divined that the LORD has blessed me on your
- 28 He continued, "Name me
your wages, and I will give it."
- 29 But he said to him,
"You yourself know how I have served you and how
your cattle have fared with me.
- 30 "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?"
- 31 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
- 32 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.
- 33 "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
- 34 Laban said, "Good, let
it be according to your word."
- 35 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
- 36 And he put a distance
of three days' journey between himself and
Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
- 37 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.
- 38 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.
- 39 So the flocks mated by
the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped,
speckled, and spotted.
- 40 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 Laban's flock.
- 41 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;
- 42 but when the flock was
feeble, he did not put them in; so the feebler
were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.
- 43 So the man became
exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and
female and male servants and camels and
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to
change the way that we think, and the way that
by Bob Pardue
Division of the
Flocks, the Rods in the Ground? - No Real Answers,
No one is sure about the
method Jacob 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
Prosperity Promise from God
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
us. 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
Prosperity Promise from God
God promised prosperity to
Jacob - Jesus promises us eternal life if we only
believe in Him.
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Verses about Jacob's prosperity and flocks are from
New American Standard Bible - Study lesson
is attributed to Life Application Study Bible:
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