Isaac blesses Jacob, Jacob leaves for Paddan Aram, Esau went to Ishmael, From Genesis 28:1-9 commented by ASV, and questions

A wakeup call

Now Isaac saw the big picture that Jacob was the one to carry the hope of his family to fulfill the promise God gave to his father. He called Jacob, blessed him, and told him to go to the house of Bethuel to find a wife there, one of the daughters of Laban, Rebekah’s brother.

The power of a blessing

Isaac was the only one of the sons of Abraham that could fulfill Gods promise of becoming a nation and nations, however, it seemed to be a long process, and now Jacob was only one to carry on the hope. However, the faith lived on and Isaac said, May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, so that you may become a company of peoples.” 

The Promised Land

Now Isaac was back on track, saw the fulfilling of the hope through the descendants of his son Jacob, and blessed him with God’s promise to inherit the land they had been sojourning in, the land promised to his grandfather Abraham.

The best environment

Jacob kissed his father and mother goodbye and left for Paddan-aram where the Bethuel family lived. It is easy and common to think that Jacob was a young man when he left, but he was actually 77. The blessing and all the words from his father Jacob kept in his heart, and he knew the name of God, but he had no personal relationship with Him. He now was on his own, and being on our own is very often the best environment to start a personal relationship with God.

Esau wanted to please his parents

Now Esau also wanted to please his parents and went to the Ishmael family to find more wives for himself. The difference between his way of doing it, was fulfilling the desire of his flesh, follow his own thinking contrary to seek the spirit of obedience. However Jacob listen to his mother who remembered the words given to her from God, she had first-hand information directly from God when she in her pain asked God why it is like this when you answered our prayer.

Patience and consistency

Rebekah had “a word” from God, she kept it in her heart and never forgot it and acted on it and Jacob obeyed her, the power of the word made it break through the obstacles of the devil. It is no difference today, if you have received a word from God, keep it, believe it and act on it, it is the most precious treasure you have, however, remember that patience and consistency makes it pay off. 


  • Do you see God’s plan for your life?
  • Do you have a daily relationship with God?
  • Do you feel an inner confirmation in your heart when seeking God?    

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