January 27

Genesis 30, Matthew 17:14-27

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink. Genesis 30:37-38

There have been three approaches to this problem. First, there are commentators who believe that Jacob did indeed think that the prenatal influence he arranged caused the birth of spotted offspring, …

A second group of commentators suggests that there just may be some scientific fact here we do not know about. Henry Morris is an example of this perspective. He points out that Jacob was no fool and that he had spent decades tending and observing animals….

There may be something to this, though I do not believe there is. But all in all, I prefer the third view, the view of Calvin. God commanded Jacob to set up the striped branches, which he did, not as a physical means to the end of producing striped or spotted offspring, but as a symbol of Jacob's faith and obedience,…

The point is that Jacob trusted God and that we are to do that too, especially in regard to material possessions. (J. M. Boice, Genesis, an Expositional Commentary, Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1985), pp. 316-317) 

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