Genesis 30:37 (NKJV)
Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods.
a) The first stick Jacob peeled was the green poplar: Green poplar = Libneh in hebrew. This is just another way to write leben or laban which both mean the same thing.
H3839 Original: לבנה
BDB Definition: poplar, white poplar tree which exudes milky-white gum Origin: from H3835= לבן =Laban
b) The second stick Jacob peeled was the Almond: Almond = Luz in hebrew. This was the original name of bethel, the place where God confirmed the Abrahamic covenant to Jacob.
H3869 Original: לוּז
BDB Definition: almond tree, almond wood
c) The third stick Jacob peeled was the chestnut: Chestnut = Armon in hebrew. This is just another way to write Aram or Aramean. Laban was an Aramean.
BDB Definition: plane-trees stripped of bark Origin: probably from H6191= ערם =Aram
So it was striking for me to see how the meaning of these three sticks fit together.
Was this just coincidence or was there a deeper meaning to what Jacob was doing?