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.