Tales From the Bible by Mike Southern

Spotted and Spotless, Light and Dark

Mike Southern
July 2018


A lot of ancient religious practices — and more modern ones than we’d like to admit — are just attempts to manipulate God and nature. People convince themselves that it they just push the right buttons, God HAS to do what they want. And most of the time they just make themselves look silly.

Many scholars believe that today’s story is an example of that, but Jacob certainly seems to know that God is doing something of His own choice, not because of anything Jacob has done. And if that’s true… well, let’s just say that God has a sense of humor when it comes to watching after the people who trust Him.

This story — part one of two — comes from Genesis 30:25-43.

To read other Tales From the Bible select from the following


Samuel Chooses a New King

But That’s What You Prayed For!

How Daniel Got His Name Back

The Babbling Builders

The Man Caught by a Fish

The Prophet Who Captured an Arm

Two Men Go to War


A VERY Long Distance Call for Help

The First Tithe


The Choir That Sang a Victory

Sole Mates

The Lambs of God

What The Donkey Didn't Say

What Balaam DID Say

God's Troublemaker

Too Many Days in a Floating Zoo

Gideon Throws Out a Fleece

The Army That Was Too Big

The 40-Year Long Nightmare

Pharoah and the Army of Babies

So The Angel Said, "Shut Up and Believe!"

Just Seven Little Baths

Orders Are Orders

Walking Through the Waters...Again

Low Friends in High Places

The Voice of Reason

Some Advice From Dear Old Dad


Hoist With His Own Pitard

The Power of a Humble Heart

Just Old Dry Bones

The Big Committee Meeting

Big Hairy Hands

Sleeping On God's Doorstep

A Game of Thrones

The Men Who Wrote Nasty Letters