Black Friday Dream
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
I had a dream that I believe is about the church. Please pray for wisdom.
I was in a big house. It was crowded. Many were overweight and sitting around in lazyboys. There were a lot of TVs that people were watching. They were together, but not really "together", aside from being in the same house. I remember not being able to discern any real meaning for the gathering.
The people who had gathered there appeared tired and preoccupied, and were only socializing to make small talk about parenting challenges. I overheard conversations about problems that people were having with their kids. I heard people empathizing with complaints and concerns about things that were going on with eachother's kids. I felt sadness that the kids and babies who were present seemed to be a burden rather than a joy to the mothers. I saw the backs of fathers' heads, as if they were ignoring and "checking - out". Balding hair at the crown was highlighted to me.
As this was taking place, I was rummaging through cupboards to look for something good to feed to the people in the house. I had a sense of urgency that people needed to eat. A mom turned to me and said, "The kids are really hungry and need to eat, before they expire," though she didn't lift a finger to help.
Regardless of feeling a bit "stepped on" by her tone, I decided to prioritize the kids and was able to put some snacks together, though it was hard to find anything in the cupboards except for processed, convenience food and a few plastic bottles of water.
That's all I remember. When I woke up and remembered the dream, I realized that it was about the church and began to pray for the interpretation.
I turned to the James 5, if you choose to read it and pray for understanding:
At first, I thought that the hungry children in the dream was a call to repent for any way we may be neglecting to teach children the Word of God. But after more prayer, the phrase, "deliverance is the children's bread" came to mind. Studying this phrase, within the context of where it's found in Matthew 15, reveals that the children symbolize people who are in need of deliverance, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ:
According to scripture, the balding heads of men represent the loss of the covering of God and a disqualification for priesthood (discipleship) because of the neglect of upholding the truth or by adopting the forbidden practices of surrounding nations:
I believe that this dream is God's urgent call for the church to reorient it's focus on the core ministry of Jesus: evangelism and deliverance. We may be preoccupied with wealth and building kingdoms for ourselves, like those in James 5. Or, we may be suffering at the hands of rich oppressors -- especially regarding the events of the past three years. We may be preoccupied with the media, our phones or other entertainment.
Regardless, we are instructed to eat and feed Jesus Christ, the bread of life, with belief in the power of the blood of Jesus to deliver people from bondage. It's easy for us to complain about the increase of lawlessness from the comfort of our armchairs and "feel" righteous. But, the gospel calls us the righteous to go forth and set captives free. To feed the "children's bread" of deliverance in Jesus.
"A third time (Jesus) asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep." John 21:17
Our priority is to refocus on the only thing that changes the problems that we are currently facing – the turning of hearts towards Jesus. We too were "children" once. Lost and stained with as much sin, except for the grace of the blood of Jesus that saved us. Jesus did not call the righteous, but sinners (Luke 5:32). Jesus, the Word of God, went forth in the loving-kindness of healing and miracles, in order to demonstrate the forgiveness of sins, through God's love and grace, alone.
Jesus' disciples did not accuse or condemn the demonized. They didn't fret and shake their heads in bewilderment at the ugliness of the sin and injustice around them. Jesus' disciples preached the gospel and cast out demons in order to propel the good news of the Messiah.
We must not hesitate to minister the gospel to the lost. And we must not hesitate to pray for healing and deliverance when we minister, for fear that Jesus will lose credibility if God does not grant the appearance of healing in that moment. God can take care of his own reputation. We are simply called to obey what he says, as his disciples. We are representing the Kingdom of God! Let our prayer requests be large and our ministering be with the boldness of the faith of Jesus, who said, "Greater things shall you do in my name, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12)