One of the most overlooked details in biblical interpretation is the fact that before the eating of the forbidden fruit, before listening to the serpent, and even before Eve was created from a rib bone, Adam had been put into a deep sleep.
Little theological attention has been given to Adam’s snoozing. Of course, everyone knows that it was during the time Adam was nodding off that God was busy fashioning Eve from his rib. But what I am getting at is that it is hardly noticed by anyone that no mention is made of Adam’s ever waking up. This would put a whole new spin on the events that followed.
In fact, there is lots of mention made of others throughout Scripture suffering this same fate! For example in Genesis 15:12 we read:
. . . a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
In Isaiah 29:9,10 we read:
They are drunken, but not with wine, they stagger, but not with strong drink; for Jehovah hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes.
Jeremiah 51:57 reads:
Yea, I will make drunk her princes and her wise ones, and her leaders, and her primates, that they may sleep the sleep of an age and not wake up.
When we get to the New Testament Gospels, Jesus is imploring people to wake up:
Keep awake, therefore, because you don’t know what day your master is coming. Surely you recognize that if the homeowner had known during which night watch the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed his house to be invaded. (Matt. 24:42,43)
Behold, I come as a thief, happy is he who is awake and keepeth his garments. (Rev. 16:15)
The theme of wakefulness and sleeping is also addressed in Luke 12:37,40, Mark 13:35-37, Matt. 25:1-13, and in Rev. 3:2. Has humankind been snoozing all this time? Have we been asleep at the wheel?
Spiritually speaking, to be asleep in Scripture means to live life apart from spiritual life. Those who are not spiritually evolving are living out their lives in a dream state. Over time, this situation becomes chronic and leads to a diminished level of cognitive function known as the habitual human mind.
Evidence of this diminished state of consciousness is the habitual blaming of others for our faults and situation, or seeing the negative qualities of others while being blind to our own rotten side. More evidence of diminished human capacity is the failure to grasp the spiritual meaning of the word “sleep” from a merely flat and literal translation of the Holy Word.
To wake up spiritually is to see the unflattering inclinations of our own heart and mind. Then we must ask for God’s help in removing these negative compulsions. We cannot truly love God and the neighbor until this introspection and repentance is done.
The Lord did not come into the world to offer us comfort. He came to de-hypnotize us and snap us out of our dream worlds.
Organized religion won’t tell you these things.