Sometimes in the Bible, God communicates to people in dreams. Some of them are symbolic (like the dreams in Daniel), and some involve explicit instructions from God.
Dreams fascinate me, and I figure they’re interesting to you, too. Since God has revealed some of His word through dreams, I thought it might be cool to find all the dreams in the Bible.
So, I Bible-geeked out and made this for you.
So just to recap (because some of you will want to copy-paste this), the 21 dreams in the Bible are:
- Abimelech’s warning
- Jacob’s ladder
- Jacob’s call home
- Laban’s warning
- Joseph’s grain
- Joseph’s stars
- The cupbearer’s grapes
- The baker’s baskets
- Pharaoh’s cows
- Pharaoh’s ears of grain
- The runaway barley loaf
- God’s offer to Solomon
- Nebuchanezzar’s statue
- Nebuchadnezzar’s tree
- Daniel’s four beasts
- Backstory for Joseph
- The magi’s warning
- An angel directing Joseph to Egypt
- An angel telling Joseph to return
- God telling Joseph to steer clear of Judea
- Pilate’s wife’s nightmare
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A few takeaways:
- Although the symbolic dreams from Genesis and Daniel are most memorable, the majority of these dreams are direct, explicit messages. “Go to Egypt.” “Now go back.” “No, not that way!” There’s no ambiguity in most of these.
- The text for the barley loaf dream in Judges is just too awesome not to share:
And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.” His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.” (Jdg 7:13–14)
Seriously? This guy wins the “Best at Connecting Dots” award for all time.
- Those dreams in the book of Daniel are really intense, but they’re key to understanding Bible prophecy. I learned most of what I know about Daniel through Precept’s study on the book, and I’d encourage you to check it out .
So there we are: every dream in the Bible. Of course, there’s a lot more to those symbolic dreams that I couldn’t fit here. Maybe I’ll do a piece on those individually sometime in the future.
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