Dreams Change Nations
The Hebrew people believe that a dream not interpreted is like a letter unread. They recall that the Bible attaches great importance to dreams, and dreams are often meant for nations.
Many dreams in scripture are intended for the benefit of the entire community, and not for single individuals. In Genesis 20:3, for instance, King Abimelech of Gerar was warned in a dream not to touch Sarah. He responded to the Almighty Giver of Dreams, asking, “Adonai, will you kill an innocent people?” He was convinced that every citizen in his kingdom was threatened. Then, he asked Abraham why he had caused him, and his kingdom, to sin.
In Judges 7, Gideon overheard a Midianite soldier recounting a dream to his comrade. He dreamed that a cake of barley bread tumbled into the Midianite camp, and caused a tent to collapse. His comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”
In these examples, Israel’s enemies were fearful that their dreams boded the destruction of their nations.
Jacob’s dream, on the other hand, divinely foretold a nation’s blessing. The staircase extending to heaven was not just a promise of divine protection as he ventured from his father’s house. It was a statement of inheritance for millions of people. “The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 28:13-14).
Whether dreams are dire warnings or foreseen blessings, they can change a nation's destiny.
Published December 23, 2016