Jacob's flocks

Jacob’s flocks – The Spotted Sheep

Bible Study Lesson from Genesis 30:25-43

Jacob's flocks
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In this Bible study from Scripture, God promises Jacob prosperity,

He 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 flocks.

 

What about our promise from God?

Jacob’s Flocks and the Promise of Prosperity

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 sons.

And he put a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.

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 Laban’s flock.

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 Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s.

So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys. – Genesis 30:30-43 NASB

Division of the Flocks, the Rods in the Ground? – No Real Answers, but …

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 the offspring.

Prosperity 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 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 spiritual realm.

Prosperity Promise from God to Us

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Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see this verse .

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