Lessons from Jacob’s flock

July 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After Jacob worked 14 years for his 2 wives at his uncle Laban’s farm, he made an unheard-of deal with his uncle.

“Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink. When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted.” Genesis 30:32, 37-39

We know that in the book of Genesis we find many figures of spiritual truth. These figures contain spiritual insights for Christian living and for understanding the ways of God more fully.

Therefore, we can learn important maxims from this unorthodox ways of Jacob. Was it the imagination of his own mind or some divine inspiration (with or without his knowing)? 

May we often come to drink from the waters of Life.

Not in haste but taking our time to reflect, to behold, to meditate on the truths revealed.

May we all gradually change into the image of the Son of God.


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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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