Jacob and Esau were the sons of Isaac, the son of Abraham. God has not forgotten his plans or his promises to Abraham. Even though Esau is the oldest, and hence the one assumed to carry on the name and tradition of the family, God has other ideas.
So Jacob has won, or has he? The next thing he knows, his mother is telling him he needs to get out of Dodge. There has been a death threat. As soon as Isaac passes on — and they all believe it likely won’t be long — Esau is coming after Jacob.
The promise to Abraham was passed to his son of promise Isaac who, though not his original intention, passed it on to Jacob. Now, God himself confirms his covenant is still alive and well and will be performed through Jacob and his descendants. What a promise, especially as Jacob is, at this very moment, on his way to find a wife.
Well! Jacob graduates from wrestling with man to wrestling with God. What an incredible experience that must have been. Can you imagine? And what did Jacob do? He grabbed on and would not let go. Have you ever done that? Would you do that? When you find yourself in a place so momentous, so threatening, so hopeless, it may be good to remember this example from the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. He refused to leave God alone until he received God’s blessing. And — important point — he got it. God did indeed bless him.