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Spotted and Speckled

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What does Jacob’s sheep have to do with me?

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Title & Text
Spotted and Speckled
Theme
God provided the spotted and speckled lambs for Jacob.
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THE SERMON BODY
Text
Genesis 30:25–43 ESV
25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. 26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.” 27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you. 28 Name your wages, and I will give it.” 29 Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. 30 For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?” 31 He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: 32 let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages. 33 So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” 34 Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.” 35 But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. 36 And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock. 37 Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. 38 He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, 39 the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted. 40 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. 41 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, 42 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. 43 Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
30.25-36
25
25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country.
14 years are up
7 for Rachel / Leah
7 for Rachel again
Same attitude as Abrahams servant
attitude we should all have of this world
this world is not home so why stay?
26
26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the service that I have given you.”
is there anything that you would not be willing to part with for Jesus?
Give me what you owe me!
Laban deceived him yet he stays
Jacob worked unto the LORD not unto Laban
do we serve God with this type of integrity?
where could we improve in this service?
27
27 But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.
What a way to earn favor with someone… laughable!
divination - nihash - seek answer through omen, the dark and arcane arts.
Laban’s blessings are because of Jacob.
Churlish selfish men know how to give good words when it is to serve their own ends.
Churlish selfish men know how to give good words when it is to serve their own ends.
Note, [1.] Good men are blessings to the places where they live, even where they live meanly and obscurely, as Jacob in the field, and Joseph in the prison, ch. 39:23. [2.] God often blesses bad men with outward mercies for the sake of their godly relations, though it is seldom that they have either the wit to see it or the grace to own it, as Laban did here.
Worldly men, who choose their portion in this life, are often blessed with an abundance of this world’s goods.
worldly men, who choose their portion in this life, are often blessed with an abundance of this world’s goods.
Matthew Henry
Note, [1.] Good men are blessings to the places where they live, even where they live meanly and obscurely, as Jacob in the field, and Joseph in the prison, ch. 39:23. [2.] God often blesses bad men with outward mercies for the sake of their godly relations, though it is seldom that they have either the wit to see it or the grace to own it, as Laban did here.
28
28 Name your wages, and I will give it.”
Sounds familiar = 29.15 to be exact, how did that work out.
fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
George Horne
29-30
George Horne
29 Jacob said to him, “You yourself know how I have served you, and how your livestock has fared with me. 30 For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?”
No divination necessary
plain as the nose on Laban’s face
God’s fulfilling promises to Jacob - Abraham - Us

in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 28:20–22 ESV
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”
Little // to // Abundance
Jacob or God?
Those that trust in God, in his providence and promise, though they have great families and small incomes, can cheerfully hope that he who sends mouths will send meat. He who feeds the brood of the ravens will not starve the seed of the righteous.
Matthew Henry
Those that trust in God, in his providence and promise, though they have great families and small incomes, can cheerfully hope that he who sends mouths will send meat. He who feeds the brood of the ravens will not starve the seed of the righteous.
1 Timothy 5:8 ESV
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Are you at a place in your life where you are wondering when God will give you more, like Jacob is here?
Those who, while their beginning is small, are humble and honest, contented and industrious, are in a likely way to see their latter end greatly increasing. He that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more. He that is faithful in that which is another man’s shall be entrusted with something of his own. Jacob, who had been a just servant, became a rich master.
Matthew Henry
Note, Those who, while their beginning is small, are humble and honest, contented and industrious, are in a likely way to see their latter end greatly increasing. He that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more. He that is faithful in that which is another man’s shall be entrusted with something of his own. Jacob, who had been a just servant, became a rich master.
31-32
31 He said, “What shall I give you?” Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this for me, I will again pasture your flock and keep it: 32 let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and they shall be my wages.
Let us not be indebted to the wicked!
Genesis 14:21–24 ESV
And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”
Jacob asks for the speckled and the spotted for his wages
this must have been the abnormality for Laban to agree
God provides the mouths, so God provides the meat!
the patriarchal blessings going forward to Jacob as well
33-34
33 So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.” 34 Laban said, “Good! Let it be as you have said.”
Jacobs integrity would speak for its self.
honesty = righteousness
Jacob is learning what he did not know before = HONESTY - the irony of God!
put your money where your mouth is = “let your mutton match your morals”
If you died today, would people believe you must have been saved because of your outward actions?
35-36
35 But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in the charge of his sons. 36 And he set a distance of three days’ journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob pastured the rest of Laban’s flock.
Laban is up to his old tricks
no sooner is the deal made then it is also broken
absence & distance
Genesis 31:41 ESV
These twenty years I have been in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times.
Absence and Distance
30.37-43
37-39
37 Then Jacob took fresh sticks of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the sticks. 38 He set the sticks that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, 39 the flocks bred in front of the sticks and so the flocks brought forth striped, speckled, and spotted.
Magic Sticks!?
whole new meaning to “you are what you eat” right!
Genesis 31:8–12 ESV
If he said, ‘The spotted shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’ And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.
Knowledge from experience
Genesis 29:7 ESV
He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.”
wisdom = knowledge - applied
40-43
40 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.
41 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,
42 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.
43 Thus the man increased greatly and had large flocks, female servants and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
Good breeding - Doberman, Labrador, German Shepherd
Bad breeding - Pug, Dachshund, Chihuahua
Genetics
God and Science
https://biblicalfoundations.weebly.com/is-jacobs-stick-trick-scientific.html
CONCLUSION
Jacob = blessed with plenty
Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
herds & children
Clinch the goal.
to become the nation of Israel
Give concrete applications.
the sacrificial system
Leviticus 4:32 ESV
“If he brings a lamb as his offering for a sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish
Sacrifice without blemish
the speckled and the spotted
the outside // the inside
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
1 Peter 1:19 ESV
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
Goal
If you died today, would people believe you must have been saved because of your outward actions?
God provided the spotless lamb for you.
If you died today, do you think God would admit ?
If you died today, would you expect to be saved by your outward actions?
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
1 Peter 1:19 ESV
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
Text
What we are owed and what we are given.
The fickle state of men verses the steadfastness of God.
God provided Jacob with the spotted and speckled sheep.
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God has provided you with the spotless lamb of God.
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Don’t introduce new material.
narrow the focus don’t expand it.
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Give concrete applications.
Leviticus 4:32 ESV
“If he brings a lamb as his offering for a sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
1 Peter 1:19 ESV
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
Exodus 12:5 ESV
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,
Goal
God provided the spotless lamb for you.
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.
Martin Luther
Application
Receive Him and live!
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