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We often attribute genetic engineering to modern science. Truth is God was blessing genetics since the time of Jacob. While Laban was trying to disrupt Jacobs attempts to grow his own wealth, God was blessing the genetic engineering Jacob set out to do. Jacob knew the weak from a strong sheep and as he would pair them off, God would bless Jacob’s sheep. His lab was the fields his tools poplar branches. The result, however, would have trilled any genetics lab.
The world continues to underestimate God and his knowledge and wisdom. As master designer, he can do all things. As man strives to gain knowledge, his best hope is to learn things that God knew from the start.
We should not place our hope in science. While science is amazing, it is so far behind where God began. Jesus said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
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Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of them. Then they would mate in front of the branches.
But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s.
As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.