Friday, July 14, 2017

Soul Sleep: An Unbiblical Doctrine [Pt. 4]

[Continued from Pts. 1, 2, & 3]
by Hiram R. Diaz III

§ 2. Literal Sleep [Continued]

C. The Lack of Externally Directed Consciousness During Literal Sleep in The Old and New Testaments

As the example of Adam clearly demonstrates, those who have literally fallen asleep lack externally directed consciousness. Thus, in keeping with this universal trait of man’s sleeping state the writer of Judges reports that
Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand…went softly to [Sisera] and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness.[1]
Sisera, in his sleep state, lacked EDC. Consequently, he was vulnerable to attack. Later in the book of Judges, we encounter a similar situation in which Samson fell asleep and, while he slept, suffered the loss of God’s power and presence. The writer informs us that while Samson slept
[Delilah] began to torment [i.e. began to wake him up with verbal and physical taunts] him [as he slept], and his strength left him…He awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.[2]
As Adam slept and was unaware of his rib being extracted and formed into a helpmeet, and as Sisera slept and was unaware the hammer and peg traveling through the air and into his temple, even so Samson slept and was unaware of Delilah cutting off his hair. Later in Israel’s history, the same testimony about sleepers lacking EDC is given when it is revealed that
David took the spear and the jar of water from Saul's head, [and] no man saw it or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen upon them.”[3]
The deep sleep from the Lord made these men lack EDC, depriving them of knowledge of what was occurring while they slept.

1st Kings 3:16-28 testifies to the lack of EDC during sleep as well. In this text, we are given the story of two prostitutes denying one another’s maternity as regards a living child and a dead child.