As I meet new people I often mention dreams. Some get animated and immediately begin asking questions
about their most recent or impressive one, earnestly believing that the dream must mean something, and wanting to know what. Others tell me a dream of theirs as if to test me. Some change the subject. Over and over in one form or another, I get the question…

“Why would I think my bizarre dreams come from God? Dreams that seem to make no sense are what I call Pizza Dreams.”

So you’re thinking the dreams have arisen out of the crazy mixture of toppings on the pizza? Let me take a stab at addressing that question here.

First, the characters of the Bible were called in a unique way to receive certain messages that would affect their decisions and attitudes. It was critical that they get certain things right! Their lives would be recorded for all time.

Therefore, in a number of the dreams of the Bible, God simply sent an angelic messenger within a dream who clearly stated the point. Other dreams were more parabolic in nature, but since ancient cultures including the Hebrew culture reverenced dreams, dreamers like Joseph knew how to interpret them (Gen 37:5-8).

Secondly, keep in mind that unlike those pre-Pentecost characters, we who call on the name of the Lord have the Holy Spirit within us… in place and available to speak regularly during the night while interference is minimal.

Additionally, remember that Jesus chose to speak through parables as his default language.

The Parables of Jesus

The Wise and Foolish Virgins‒ Matthew 7:24-27
The Parable of the Sower‒ Matthew 13:3-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:5-15
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares‒ Matthew 13:24-30
The Parable of the Mustard Seed‒ Matthew 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19
The Leaven‒ Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21
The Hidden Treasure‒ Matthew 13:44
The Pearl‒ Matthew 13:45-46
Drawing in the Net‒ Matthew 13:47-50
The Parable of the Lost Sheep‒ Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:1-7
The Unmerciful Servant‒ Matthew 18:23-35
Laborers in the Vineyard‒ Matthew 20:1-16
The Parable of the Two Sons‒ Matthew 21:28-32
The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen‒ Matthew 21:33-46; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19
The Parable of the Wedding Feast‒ Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24
The Fig Tree‒ Matthew 24:32-36; Mark 13:28-32; Luke 21:29-33
The Parable of the Ten Virgins‒ Matthew 25:1-13
The Parable of the Talents‒ Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27
The Seed Growing Secretly‒ Mark 4:26-29
The Two Debtors‒ Luke 7:41-47
The Good Samaritan‒ Luke 10:30-37
The Friend at Night‒ Luke 11:5-8
The Rich Fool‒ Luke 12:16-21
The Faithful Servant‒ Luke 12:35-48
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree‒ Luke 13:6-9
The Guests‒ Luke 14:7-15
Building a Tower and Waging War‒ Luke 14:28-33
Lost Money‒ Luke 15:8-10
The Parable of the Prodigal Son‒ Luke 15:11-32
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward‒ Luke 16:1-9
The Rich Man and Lazarus‒ Luke 16:19-31
The Master and the Servant‒ Luke 17:7-10
The Parable of the Widow and the Judge‒ Luke 18:1-8
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican‒ Luke 18:9-14

It should be no surprise, then, that dreams are like parables. Elements of parabolic dreams can hold Biblical meaning, universal, or personal meanings; and may seem clear or complex, well-known or surprising. Not every dream is from God, but there are ways to determine when the message is from the Holy Spirit, and if He’s speaking, wouldn’t you want to listen? What do you think?

Remember: Each of us receives our own dreams, and each of us knows our own state of affairs. Dreamers are intended to make the best interpreters of their own dreams as they grow in understanding of the parabolic language of dreams.

I’m not you, but that’s my view! Every Blessing!


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