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We are finishing chapter thirty today. Congratulations if you are still with me. This post is coming out a day early because today is a shabbat as well as tomorrow. There is no work permitted for the first two days of the feast of unleavened bread and non permitted for the last two days. The feast ends at sunset on Saturday.
We continue our study with Jacob placing bits of striped poplar in the water while the flock breeds. That is supposed to create striped or spotted offspring and it must have worked because "The man increased greatly and had large flocks" as well as servants donkeys and camels.
It was explained earlier that Laban had removed all of the multi-colored animals, the ones that Jacob would own, after making the agreement with Jacob for those very animals. He will be moving away with his wives and children. Yet this tactic of breading spotted and striped animals by letting them see striped wood floating in their watering troughs was used to create for himself a nest egg of flocks to shepherd when he leaves.
Next week, we will hear Jacob being told to get out of dodge due to the anger and jealousy from Laban.
And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and all the black in the flock of Laban. He put his own droves apart and did not put them with Laban's flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob would lay the sticks in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the sticks, but for the feebler of the flock he would not lay them there. So the feebler would be Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
The story continues as Jacob skips town next week...
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