In Genesis 2:21 you read, “The LORD God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep”.
Did God ever wake Adam? Lets do some good and see what we can find anything that might help us understand whats going on with Adam as he sleeps.
Looking deeper into the meaning of words you can find a whole new meaning to the ancient texts. For example, the original meaning for ‘sleep’ is, ‘weak,‘ and ‘weak’ is to ‘yield’. To yield is to ‘surrender and give place to’.
To this day man still sleeps, for there is no place in the Bible where it tells you that God woke Adam. So according to the Bible, Adam is still sleeping. If so, what does man ‘surrender and give place to as he sleeps? Lets go see.
When man ‘sleeps,’ he dreams. To ‘dream’ is to ‘indulge in daydreams’. A daydream is, ‘to fantasize’, and fantasize is, ‘the forming of mental images’. An image is a, ‘mental representation‘ of a thought.
That means that while man is sleeping, he is experiencing his ‘mental images,’ and he believes they are reality, just like any dreamer, in his dream, believing it is actually happening.
Paul must have had some understanding of that when he writes, “Awake thou that sleeps, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.’
Lets look at these words more closely. ‘Awake’ thou ‘…Looking at the word ‘awake’ you find it is defined as, ‘to bring to an awareness’. Did Paul want man to wake so he could be aware of God? Aware of reality.
“Awake thou that sleeps,” Sleep also means, ‘unaware’. Did Paul believe man is not, cannot be aware of God as he sleeps and dreams?
“Awake thou that sleeps, and arise..” How does one arise? Knowing arise means, ‘to come into notice. ’Notice is, to ‘become aware of.’ Was that what Paul meant, that if you will ‘arise,’ or be aware of God, then God can then become more than some unknown god.
“Awake thou that sleeps, and arise from the dead”. Death means to, ‘exclude‘. While you are sleeping you exclude God. Is this why Paul said to ‘awake’? Awake from his sleep so he can be aware of God? So he can experience God?
‘Awake thou that sleeps, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee ‘light’. What do you think that means? You’ll be given ‘light. A good meaning for’ light’ is, ‘ understanding’.
Was Paul saying to us, wake up from your dream and become aware of God and by doing so, you will not be excluding God. Wake up and be aware of God and you will have all the understanding of God.
The sleeping man spends his life sleeping and he dreams of living in sin, sickness, depravity and all worldliness. He dreams of some unknown God, somewhere, but is not really sure where. Is that you? Do you think…you see real things in your dreams?
When man does awake, Paul tells man what he should do. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things “
You can only think on these things if you are not sleeping and dreaming…but are AWAKE. Awake and being aware of God.And not of the things of ‘this dre am world’. A world where your dreams seem real?