I’ve spent the last week researching dreams. This began, as most of my studies begin, with Scripture. The verse was one I’d read many times before but this time it spoke to me, becoming part of a series of events that radically affected my understanding of dreams and their importance in my personal walk with God.
Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.” – Genesis 41:25 NLT
By the time I got to this verse in my One Year Bible I had already read the dreams of Abraham, Abimelech, Jacob, Laban, Joseph, Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker, and finally Pharaoh himself.
Like the earlier dreams of Abimelech and Laban, Pharaoh was not a believer in the God of Israel. Unlike Abimelech and Laban, however, Pharaoh’s dream was a metaphor that was not easily decipherable. To make sense of it, he needed help.
I’d been thinking about dreams for some time and even decided to devote an entire chapter of my upcoming book, New Age To Christian, to the topic of dreams. But when I read this verse, something clicked.
Joseph was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream for the same reason Daniel would succeed in interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream many centuries later. Both Joseph and Daniel had a relationship with God, the giver of dreams.
I began to study the dreams of the Bible.
I found 23 dreams – 2 to 3 more than some lists because I included 2 nocturnal experience not explicitly identified as dreams – plus several references to dreams.
As I read about these dreams I was struck again and again by their importance. Each of these dreams was from God. Many saved lives – including that of our Lord Jesus Christ. Realizing how important dreams were made me think about the dreams I have had. In particular, it made me think about the dream that arguably saved my life.
For a long time, I’d been unsure of what to do with that dream. It came to me after I said the 23rd Psalm on one sleepless night in 2007 and has stood apart from all other dreams in terms of beauty, coherence and detail. Initially, I believed the dream was from God but, as I fell deeper and deeper into New Age deception, I began to reinterpret it, turning it into something it was not.
To understand this dream, I needed help – just like Pharaoh.
For me that help came directly from Scripture. As I began to understand my dream from a biblical perspective, I felt incredibly uplifted.
It felt good to reclaim something that the New Age had taken away so long ago. It felt good to reaffirm the words that God gave me in prayer, just last year, assuring me that he was always speaking to me, even when I was lost. And when a good friend in Christ recommended a book on dreams that validated everything that had just happened I wasn’t even surprised.
God is so good. And he is with us always.
The dreams I referenced are as follows (by dreamer): Abraham (Genesis 15: 12-16), Abimelech (Genesis 20:3), Jacob (Genesis 28:12-14 & 31:10-13), Laban (Genesis 31:24), Joseph (Genesis 37:5-9), Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker (Genesis 40:1-20) and Pharaoh himself (Genesis 41:1-31).
The book my friend recommended is called “The Divinity Code” by Adam F. Thompson and Adrian Beale. I particularly identified with the first 10 Chapters (which precede the Dream Dictionaries). I am not including a link because I have decided against being an affiliate for books I recommend here in at Scripture Sunday but the book is on Amazon and I do recommend (it though not necessarily, by extension, the prophetic ministry of the authors with which I am mostly unfamiliar).
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To read about the dream that just might have saved my life please see A Dream From God.