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Jacob's heart froze up

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"And they told him, saying, 'Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt.' And Jacob's heart froze up [poog], because he did not believe them" (Genesis 45:26 Interlinear).

The Hebrew word poog means 'to freeze up', 'helpless', 'lifeless'. Jacob was distressed at the loss of his son Joseph disappeared for a so long time that he couldn't accept the good news reported by his other sons. Because of unbelief, the heart of Jacob remained powerless and lifeless in the face the news.

Joseph's brothers had to provide evidence so that Jacob could believe by seeing it. Only then, the spirit of Jacob revived (Genesis 45:27). It is sometimes necessary to provide evidence so that the Good News (Gospel) can touch the hearts of those who hear, "These signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues... they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17-18).