Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”
Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me . . . So he (Jacob) urged him (Esau), and he took it.
Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
While the uniqueness of the situation cannot be overstated, his new name, Israel, is a powerful testimony of Jacob’s character, influence and struggle with God.
During his 20 years serving Laban, God sharpened Jacob’s mind, reinforced his faith and greatly prospered him with a large family, unparalleled experience and great wealth!
How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!
So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padan Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples; and give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.
Isaac’s blessing of Jacob confirmed God’s choice and his place as the covenantal son. Although Isaac resisted, the details in the biblical text underscore God’s control of the situation and his ability to assure fulfillment of His promises.
Whatever knowledge they had of God’s covenantal plan, Jacob and Esau possessed diametrically different views of God’s promises to Abraham.
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.