Jacob and Esau: Planning for the CrazyStuart Jones Do you see what you have or simply pay attention to what other people have and achieve? That’s how greed and jealousy get into your life. They bring out the worst in you. These emotions are at the heart of the story of Jacob and Esau, serving to ruin the relationship between these two brothers. Jealousy and greed are natural instincts. Both emotions can become lethal. They hide our insecurity, shame or a need to possess things. However, you can manage how you react. If ignorance is the mother of all poisons, then wisdom is the universal antidote. Wisdom comes from recognizing what God has given you instead of yearning for what He has given to others.