25 comments on “Jacob, Laban, and the Spotted Sheep

  1. Makes soooo much more sense!!! I was so confused. Thanks! Holy Spirit used you to explain this to me. Laban deserves what he got. This shows me that, when God is on your side, no matter the obstacles that come your way, he will find a way to bless u.

  2. Rev Jerry Grey. Preaching this passage Sunday. I agree with you and your explaination gave me more confidence in my conclusions. Nice work. Very difficult passage. Be blessed.

  3. I have researched on the explanation of this passage and this is the best explanation so far. Thanks, Boniface G. Gitau

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  4. The story makes no sense and staring at rods, branches, etc doesnt affect the color of baby cattle.

  5. This subject actually talks about ” you become what you see and what you hear, Jecob painted the rods with spots of colours, when flocks came to drink and mate ,they saw spots of colours every where .The environment influence the flocks by looking and even voice s made them to deliver more of the spotted sheep’s. This also applies to our everyday lives.The time you spending will influence about of what you hear and see.If you are reading your Bible ,every day then that will produce what? Faith , righteousness, blessing.and so many good thing added. God bless all the readers.
    Pastor Charles
    Christian Church of India.
    Phone 9856292955
    DIMAPUR Nagaland India.

    • Hello Charles,
      I understand the spiritual aspect of it – that you reap what you sew. If you read your bible every day, then it will affect you for the good. But when talking about the sheep, we’re talking about actual DNA changes. I just don’t understand the connection with this spiritual principle, and the actual spots changing on the sheep which is physical. Thank you for stopping by Charles. 🙂

  6. thank you very much, i was in deep confusion concerning this, also note that Jacob saw a vision of this , hence the Divine hand was upon this saga

  7. Things of God and can only be understood by revelation. Human mind is limited and interprets information with its Limitation. This is a pure divine revelation

  8. Wait, doesn’t solid-coloured sheep only produce solid-coloured offspring? In the ‘easy to read bible version’ it says that Jacob put these striped branches infront of the sheep while they’re mating. This means that the sheep could see these branches. So since these solid- coloured sheep produced spotted and stripped sheep, is it a miracle by God, or did seeing the branches psychologically affect the sheep to produce this way?

    • Hello Sarah, I would think that a sheep’s psyche would have no affect on the biological. The only explanation for this would be a miracle from God because this sort of thing does not happen in the animal kingdom or with humans. Wild though huh? 🙂 🙂

  9. Thanks very much for making this situation clearer. I have been rereading this passage for more than two days to get the clear picture of the text. Now it is clearer to me. Thanks very much, may God bless you.

  10. Excellent explanation Carol.

    To sum it all up, the principle applied here is simply captured in these words: “Your life moves in the direction of your focus”. Jacob understood this principle. It’s corroborated in Proverbs 23:7 – “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.

    Some people might ask the question “can this also affect the DNA of an animal?”
    The answer is ‘Yes’! Absolutely yes!
    The principles and precepts of God (i.e. His Word) can override anything and everything including DNA, biology, physics, gravity, chemistry, the weather, everything. The key ingredient is ‘faith’.

    The limitations humans place on themselves will never be due to a shortage of power in the Word of God, rather the problem lies in knowledge or the lack of it. Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.


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