Supposed contradiction and verses:
Very odd genetic engineering is shown is Genesis.This contradicts how God creates things.
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
Weíll make quick work with this one. Letís look into the next chapter for our answer.
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.
We arenít told if he was told to put the rods out by God or not, maybe he just did it on his own, but it is not a concern either way. If he was told to do so, it only shows obedience in a situation where some would have thought he was just as crazy as they thought Noah was for building an ark. The rods are not what brought forth the cattle in such a manner. It is God and God alone who did this. Many place importance on the object, just as many have with the staff that Moses carried, yet it was not the staff, it was God moving that caused the miracles. Laban had tricked Jacob, and as we see in Genesis 31:7, God would not allow him to hurt him. What we do find is that God reveals just how He is going to make Jacob prosperous in this situation. Just as the men marching around Jericho in Joshua 6 did not bring the walls down, it was God, they were obedient. If God told Jacob to do this, he was obedient as well. He was not focused on the object, the rods; he was focused on the Lordís mighty hand. There is no contradiction.
In His Grace,
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