No matter how far away or how long Israel has been removed from the geographical location, God has always returned His Chosen People to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac and the descendants of Jacob forever.
At Bethel, God not only confirmed Jacob’s name change to Israel, He reiterated and connected the covenantal blessing to all of Jacob-Israel’s descendants—“the children of Israel.”
Reconciliation between Jacob and Esau was affirmed at their unforeseen reunion. It’s a true-life story that ends well. The relationship between the twin brothers remained amicable during their lifetime.
We are not told what specific outcome Jacob expected. None-the-less, God answered his prayer by changing Esau’s mind—by replacing his vengeful attitude with one of conciliation. What Jacob had dreaded for two decades never materialized!
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.
Jacob quickly learned that survival required staying one step ahead of his uncle’s manipulative and conniving schemes.
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.