Why didn’t Jacob just give his brother Esau something to eat when he came in from the field and was very hungry? He had his own interests in mind and was not concerned about his brother. In fact, Jacob was exploiting his brother in a time of need to get something he wanted. This is nothing less than a “do ‘x’ for me and I will do ‘y’ for you”. How often do we do this in our relationships? Genesis 25 recounts Jacob’s self serving attitude and one that we can relate to as well–I know I can.
What does the Bible really teach us? Jesus tells a parable that fits this situation perfectly:
Luke 14:12-14 says “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, because they may repay you. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
What Jacob should have done is fed his brother BECAUSE he was in need and not because he could be repaid.
We are truly blessed when we either help those who cannot repay us, OR, we do not expect repayment for the kind things we do.
*Based off of today’s Scripture reading in Genesis 25-26