It must have been a difficult realization for Isaac–when he realized he had been secretly trying to subvert God’s plan. Isaac then did what he should have done long before; he blessed and counseled his son, Jacob. I imagine the blessing rang a bit hollow to both Jacob and Rebekah–but, none the less, it gave the family a sense of solidarity and alignment in the development of the nation.
Isaac knew it was important to remain separate from the local people–ultimately the land they were visiting would be their land–not the local people’s. In addition, their godless ways would likely draw the family away from their faith–as it had with Esau. So Jacob did, as he had always done, and obeyed the instruction of his parents–he left the comfort of home and headed to his uncle’s home.
Interestingly, Esau, always trying, took a third wife from uncle Ishmael’s–family…not God’s plan, but when did that matter, anyway. Esau simply did not understand the importance of following God’s plan–even when he thought he was doing a big thing–he neither knew why, nor did he realize he missed the point.
In our world, we experience the same things–when we reflect, we realize that following God is easier and best. We listen to his leadership and direction and are blessed along the way. There is still trial and conflict,, but eventually, we are completed and blessed by following closely and humbly. When the world sees our blessing, it wants to have the same experience.
So, in its way, the world tries to match what they see–they put on trappings of religion but they neither know why or for what purpose they need God in their lives. They do not want his counsel, guidance or forgiveness–they simply want the experience that his chosen have. Sadly, its a package and only those willing to surrender to his leadership can experience the peace and eternal life that following him brings. It is not the prayer, its the surrender that makes us his–let Jesus be your LORD and savior–then you will know what it truly means to be one of his own.
God Bless You
So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2 Go at once to Paddan Aram,[a] to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3 May God Almighty[b] bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.