Pilate’s Wife

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“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” (Psalm 16:7) To dream, “a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary). The Amplified Bible records thirty instances in which the world “dream” is used. In the Old Testament, God used dreams to speak to people; many of the circumstances caused the person to feel “troubled and disturbed” such as in Genesis 41:8 when God warned Pharaoh of an upcoming famine that would devastate the land.

In the New Testament, God uses a dream to speak to Pilate’s wife. “While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message, ‘Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him.’” (Matthew 27:19) Various interpretations of the dream have convinced Pilate’s wife Jesus is an innocent and if her husband condemned Him, he would certainly invite disaster. [1]

“The safest understanding of her dream is that it was the reflection of her day thoughts as a sensitive and devout woman of one who was holy, just, and innocent. God directed that dream in order to add a striking testimony to the sinlessness of the one being tried for the truth He declared. Pilate’s wife sensed her solemn responsibility and made her plea, even though her husband who was also convinced of Christ’s innocence, ultimately delivered Him to be crucified.” [1]

Who was this woman God gave a dream to? Scholars debate who she was. Some believe she was Claudia Procula, granddaughter of Emperor Augustus. Because of her interest in the Jewish religion, she may have discussed Jesus with Pilate, and the urgency of her plea revealed her appreciation for Him. The Greeks and Abyssinians have made her a saint, legend saying she became a Christian and may have been the Claudia mentioned by Paul in 2 Timothy [1]

I love the obedience the women in the Bible possess. Pilate asked Jesus a question, “What is Truth?” He received his answer from his wife who, although disturbed and suffered because of her dream, quickly send word of Christ’s innocence, Truth. God gave Truth to Pilate as he questioned, but he rejected it.

Many women followed Jesus and gave them what they had, “And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had been expelled; And Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager; and Susanna; and many others, who ministered to and provided for Him and them out of their property and personal belongings.” (Luke 8:2-3) God placed women around His Son to care for and provide for Him. Our Father did not fail His Son as He stood before Pilate either. He strengthened His Son with a dream given to a woman who attempted to reveal Truth. The Lord continued to send women around Jesus, blessing Him with their obedience.

From the beginning of His ministry to the cross, Jesus was surrounded by women who loved Him. From Jew to Gentiles, God used His daughters to bless His Son. This is exactly the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. Let us be reminded again of God’s love and the love His daughters had for His Son, ““Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own right or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong).

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of ever person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (without weakening). Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Amplified Bible


  1. Catherine

    I love the way God shows us different things in different ways. Through dreams, visions, movies, music or even strangers. I like how bold she was to warn her husband regarding her dream. Why He didn’t just give the dream to her husband who knows but none the less she was obedient.

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