The Power of Innovation-4
Genesis 30:37 “And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which [was] in the rods.”
Genesis 30:38 “And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.”
Genesis 30:39 “And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.”
When you buy a beautiful new wooden dining room table, it is not as new as you might think, because it is really an old tree, worked over and changed into a table. When you buy a “new” car, it is a combination of old metals, petroleum products, and so forth.
The gist is this: old things can be re-purposed. This is what innovation is all about! Innovation enables someone to see old things with new eyes and to combine them in new ways.
In our focal scripture, Jacob had served his master Laban for many years without anything to show for it. Laban was feeding fat on him. They both knew it:
Genesis 30:27 “And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, [tarry: for] I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.”
Genesis 30:30 “For [it was] little which thou hadst before I [came], and it is [now] increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?”
Laban had become a multi-millionaire because of Jacob, while Jacob was poor. Laban then thought of placing him on salary, so that He could continue to serve him, while he paid him stipends.
Genesis 30:31 “And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed [and] keep thy flock:”
To be continued…
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