Dreams

 

Question:  How did God communicate in the past?

Question:  Did God communicate by more than just in dreams?

Question:  How did God communicate to Moses?

 

Wikipedia defines “dream(s)” as

“A dream is the experience of a sequence of images, sounds, ideas, emotions, or other sensations
during sleep, especially REM sleep.

The events of dreams are often impossible, or unlikely to occur, in physical reality: they are also
outside the control of the dreamer. The exception to this is known as lucid dreaming, in which
dreamers realize that they are dreaming, and are sometimes capable of changing their dream
environment and controlling various aspects of the dream. The dream environment is often much
more realistic in a lucid dream, and the senses heightened . . .

Discovery of REM

EEG showing brainwaves during REM sleep

EEG showing brainwaves during REM sleep

“In 1953 Eugene Aserinsky discovered REM sleep while working in the lab of his PhD advisor.
Aserinsky noticed that the sleepers' eyes fluttered beneath their closed eyelids, later using a
polygraph machine to record their brain waves during these periods. In one session he awakened
a subject who was crying out during REM and confirmed his suspicion that dreaming was
occurring . . . .”

 

Let’s look at what the Bible states about dreams  . . . .

 

Genesis 28:10-16      Jacob's Dream at Bethel   (NIV):

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran.
11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set.
     Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to
     heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 There above it [e] stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father
     Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which
       you are lying.
14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to
     the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and
     your offspring.
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.
      I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was
       not aware of it."

 

Genesis 37 through 41  (Genesis 41:15 & 16)  Joseph and the dream  (NIV):

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of
      you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."     
16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."

 

Numbers 12: 1-11    Miriam and Aaron Oppose Moses (NIV):

1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he
     had married  a Cushite.
2 "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken
     through us?"  And the LORD heard this.   
3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face
      of the earth.)     
4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, "Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all
      three of you." So the three of them came out.
5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the Tent and
       summoned Aaron and Miriam. When both of them stepped forward,
6
he said, "Listen to my words:
       "When a prophet of the LORD is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions,
         I speak to him in dreams.

7 But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.  
8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles;
       he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid
       to speak against my servant Moses?"      
9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.     
10 When the cloud lifted from above the Tent, there stood Miriam—leprous, like snow. Aaron
     turned toward her and saw that she had leprosy;
11 and he said to Moses, "Please, my lord, do not hold against us the sin we have so foolishly
     committed.

Joel 2:28   The Day of the LORD   (NIV):

 28 "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
       Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
       your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

 

 

There are many other passages in Scripture that have stories

about “dream(s)” and how God has communicated in the past.

 

 

Question:  How did God communicate in the past?

Question:  Did God communicate by more than just in dreams?

Question:  How did God communicate to Moses?

Question:  How did God communicate to Moses with a bush?

 

 

References:

The following websites were referenced on August 10, 2007:

http://www.dictionary.com

http://dictionary.reference.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.biblegateway.com

 

 

 

 

Other websites that might be worth investigating:

 

http://www.thruthebible.org/atf/cf/%7BFEA5B386-48F1-4797-9023-5F77EED319B7%7D/Jude.pdf

 

http://www.discipleshiplibrary.com/pdfs/32001JON.pdf

 

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-dream-interpretation.html