Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Bev Riter
Sunday, July 1, 2018

When admiring the beautiful rose plants for sale at the Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca, Italy, this rose caught my attention. Unlike the other roses, the roses on this plant were speckled and blotched, red and white. I thought it was very unusual and not sure that I liked it.

It reminded me of the story of Jacob and Laban as recorded in Genesis 30. Laban asked Jacob what he should give him for his many years of service tending the flocks and cattle that greatly increased in his care. They agreed that Jacob would get all of the speckled and blotched animals for his pay. Both men thought they would be the winners of this deal!

According to the Bible, Jacob placed white patched poles from trees in the watering trough where the robust sheep and goats went to drink. Their offspring became speckled and blotched and therefore became his while the feebler ones were Laban’s. He thought this selective breeding was due to his manipulation of breeding. Have you thought that this is scientifically impossible? Was it really God’s hand in this since He directed Jacob to return to the land of his father and relatives and that He would be with him?