Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 4, 2012


Why do we sleep?  Science seems to point to memory retention as the reason.  Apparently our brains need to organize the thoughts and feelings of the day.

Another curiosity is the Bible’s association of sleep and death.  Sleep is a near unconscious state and death is totally unconscious.  Sleep implies an awaking and so does death, hence the association in the Bible.  After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”  John 11:11  “For she is not dead, but sleeps.”  Matthew 9:24 “Why make a tumult and weep?  The child is not dead, but sleeps.”  Mark 5:39

While ordinary sleep is roughly 8 hours, the sleep of death is much longer.  However, just as time seems to fly between the time you fall asleep and wake the next morning, so with the sleep of death.  Centuries may go by as if it were a flash in the night.  It will be as if King David closed his eyes in death, only to open them back up again to the new reality where Christ is the ruler instead of Satan.

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