While You Were Sleeping

“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.” Psalms 3:5


There are numerous Scriptures in the Bible that speak about sleeping. The above verse assures us that we are watched over by the Lord even when we sleep. It is through Christ that we exist even when asleep.


That is good news for me because some nights wear me out because of dreams. Many nights I am busy preaching sermons and doing an unbelievable amount of church work. Also, I often dream of the past, even having experiences with people who have been dead for a long time. When dreaming of my days when I was back in school, there is one frequently occurring dream that I am back in college and can’t remember the times or locations of my classes. Then, there are dreams that extend to extreme weird. I share a little of these with Donna in the mornings and she thinks I should attempt to get a job writing science fiction books.


I want to share with you three times of deep sleep in the Bible that brought positive results for us:


  • In Genesis 2, God made Adam to fall into a deep sleep and God made a bride for him that brought human life to all nations of the earth.
  • In Genesis 15, a second-deep sleep fell upon Abraham when God passed between the sacrificial animals establishing a new covenant with him that brought birth to a chosen nation. Both Adam and Abraham were Old Testament pictures of the coming Christ.
  • Christ experienced his own deep sleep in the death on the cross. He became the last Adam and the promised seed, dying to give new life to all who would accept it by faith. He fulfilled the whole of the O.T. covenants while instituting the new covenant in his own blood.


While Adam fell into a deep sleep, a bride was born, when Abraham fell into a deep sleep, a nation was born. But when Christ slept through his death on the cross and his days in the tomb, death and hell was judged and a new birth (a spiritual birth) brought about a new creation (born again people).


Bro. Larry


P.S. As a comment on the coronavirus pandemic that has hit our local community, county and state hard, do what you have been instructed and above all pray. This past weekend when President Trump announce the extension of social distancing guidelines, one of his quotes was “I want our life back!” When I read that statement, I was reminded of, Galatians 2:20 which says, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” My life comes from Christ, it is lived with Christ in me. Amen.