Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 10/03/2021
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A few weeks ago we did a study on sleep. Today we are going to focus on a byproduct of sleep; dreams. I turns out that dreams play an important roll in the Biblical narrative, therefore it seems wise to examine dreams, and how God uses them to execute His purpose.
In Hebrew there are two words for dream, which are related
2492 “chalam” a prim. root; prop. to bind firmly, i.e. (by impl.) to be (caus, to make) plump; also (through the fig. sense of dumbness) to dream – (cause to) dream (-er), be in good liking, recover.
2472 “chalom” from 2492; a dream: - dream (-er)
In Greek mythology Hypnos was the god of sleep. Hypnos and Thanatos, the god of death, were twin brothers, the sons of Nyx, god of the night. Hypnos’s son Morpheus, brought dreams to human beings,
In our English vernacular dreams, or dreaming also has two dynamics. As a noun and as a verb it means a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep; or the act of dreaming.
But it also refers to “a cherished aspiration, ambition or ideal”
In this I like to associate it with “hope”.
Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, is replete with accounts of God interacting with men through the medium of dreams.
In the first account, Gen. 20:3, God speaks to Abimelech in “dream by night” warning him that Sarah is Abraham’s wife
In Gen. 31, God speaks to Jacob in a dream.
Perhaps the most well known is Gen. 37, when God speaks to Joseph, and gives him prophetic vision of future events.
Joseph actually walks in the gifting of interpreting dreams for Pharaoh’s butler, baker, and for Pharaoh himself, situating Joseph in a position of great authority. Gen. 40 and 41.
In a similar fashion, God uses Daniel to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, in Dan. 2 and 4, likewise revealing future event.
In the New Testament, (Acts 10) Cornelius gets a “vision” around the ninth hour, (3pm) Perhaps he was taking a nap???
Peter falls into a trance while praying (vr. 10)
The overarching point is that God intends to speak to us in order to instruct us toward accomplishing His purpose.
As we saw two weeks ago, in our study on “Miracles, Signs, and Wonders” God will use a supernatural dimension for His glory, often to accomplish a very particular purpose, and definitely for dramatic effect, which builds faith.
It may be that while dreaming the mind is pliable while not being distracted by processing information from the five senses.
Pliable is a good place to be in our relationship with God!
In Matthew’s Gospel, Joseph is very distracted by unusually changing circumstances. The Angel speaks to him in dreams.
Joel 2:28 says, “Your old men shall dream dreams,”
This how I knew I was getting old :) retold in Acts. 2:17
Ps. 126, however, uses “chalam” which I believe speaks of this notion of hope. Dreaming of a brighter future. The human experience!!