“He was walking on the waters; he was flying on the wings of the wind. He spoke to the tempest and to the fishes of the lake; all were obedient to him.”
Claudia, the dreamer!
Pilate’s wife had a dream that has always intrigued me. Dreams are funny things. They seem to hold secrets too wondrous at times to unravel. But not this dream, this dream was surreal!
“While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife came with a 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 NIV).
Her name was Claudia, and from this one verse, we can learn a tremendous amount about her character. She suffered a GREAT deal. Have you ever had a dream about a loved one, a child, and it was so real and so traumatic that you awoke in a sweat, heart pounding and saddened?
Pilate is judging the case of The Anointed One. It says, “He knew that for envy they had delivered him” (Matthew 27:18 KJV).
CRUCIFY HIM! They shout! Pilate argues with the crowd. He tries to persuade them to let Yeshua go. They should have been preparing for their Feast. Why were they screaming death threats at this man?
Why couldn’t they see that it was almost Passover? Everyone knows that at Passover we must get our lamb prepared. We must check it for flaws and make sure it is spotless, no broken bones. But right now, it’s Claudia who intrigues me.
HaShem could have given a troubling dream to Pilate. He could have given it to anyone, but He gave it to her. Not only that, but as Yeshua’s own people are screaming crucify him! She is saying that she believes He is innocent. And He was. He was spotless.
According to Abarim publications, “She (Claudia) is immortalized in Paul’s salutations at the end of his second letter to his young friend Timothy (2 Timothy 4:21). Apparently, Claudia was among the congregants of Paul’s Roman church, who visited him during his second incarceration in Rome (see 2 Timothy 1:8, 1:17 and 2:9). She and some others wish to greet Timothy, then in Ephesus, and Paul attaches their warmest regards to his letter. Scriptural details like that argue, like no theological theory, the delight of fellowship in the Body of Christ.” For more on her and her name, click here.
Now we know Jesus/Yeshua had to die. We know He was the sacrificial Lamb. However, some have tried to pin Claudia with a dream from the devil to stop the sacrifice. I don’t see it that way. Her husband must have studied the note she had hurriedly written, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man!” He knows his wife is a dreamer; a visionary. He remembers her pointing out the miracles she had seen concerning this man. Perhaps she saw the brutality of his death in her dream?
Like many husbands, he weighs his wife’s words, and he studies the crowd that is blaring and shouting much louder than her simple scratched words on paper, “I’ve suffered greatly in a dream this day!” Ah, the dreams and what they hold.
Earlier, she had grabbed his ankles and kneeled before him gagging. “He’s innocent!” Don’t have anything to do with their affairs or this man’s blood will be on your hands. Her words are filled with frantic frenzy. He thinks about hormones and women with their many emotions running amuck, and he looks up at the crowd again– What to do? What to do? Again he hears her say “I’ve suffered greatly in a dream concerning this man–have nothing to do with him. He is innocent!”
He wants his wife to be happy. She seems unlike herself. He spies the Chief Priests and the Elders. All the people’s arms are waving uncontrollably, their mouths opening and closing. CRUCIFY! Sweat trickles off his forehead, what to do? What to do?
“When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “My hands are clean of this man’s blood; it’s your responsibility.” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children” (Matthew 27:24-25 NASB).
Claudia, well, she is forever known as the woman who must have had a dear heart towards the Father.
Pilate’s report to Caesar, from a manuscript in the Mosque of St. Sofia Constantinople Turkey.
“To Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of Rome,
“Noble Sovereign, Greeting: The events of the last few days in my province have been of such a character that I will give the details in full as they occurred, as I should not be surprised if, in the course of time, they may change the destiny of our nation, for it seems of late that all the gods have ceased to be propitious (favorable). I am almost ready to say; Cursed be the day that I succeeded Vallerius Flaceus in the of Judea! for since then my life has been one of continual uneasiness and distress.
The letter goes on to unveil what it looked like that day when the King of the Jews was brought forth before the judgment seat. And look at the great irony in it, one day we will stand before the Great Judge. We will hear what all we did that deserves awards, both good and bad.
Let’s read the account of Claudia written by her husband, Pilate!
I had taken a wife from among the Gauls, who pretended to see into futurity. Weeping and throwing herself at my feet she said to me: ‘Beware, beware, and touch not that man for he is holy. Last night I saw him in a vision.
He was walking on the waters; he was flying on the wings of the wind. He spoke to the tempest and to the fishes of the lake; all were obedient to him. Behold, the torrent in Mount Kedron flows with blood, the statues of Caesar are filled with genocide; the columns of the interim have given away, and the sun is veiled in mourning like a vestal in the tomb. Ah! Pilate, evil awaits thee. If thou wilt not listen to the vows of thy wife, dread the curse or a Roman Senate; dead the frowns of Caesar’.
“By this time the marble stair groaned under the weight of the multitude. The Nazarene was brought back to me. I proceeded to the halls of justice, followed by my guard, and asked the people in severe tone what they demanded.
‘The death of the Nazarene,’ was the reply.
‘for what crime’?” ‘He has blasphemed; he has prophesied the ruin of the temple; he called himself the Son of God, the Messiah, the King of the Jews.” ‘Roman justice,’ said I, ‘punishes not such offenses with death.’” ‘Crucify him! Crucify him’! Cried the relentless rabble. The vociferations of the infuriated mob shook the palace to its foundations.
“There was but one who appeared to be calm in the midst of the bast multitude; it was the Nazarene.”
One Nazarene, one worried wife, and one fearful man sitting on the judgment seat while the whole world watches him try and wash his hands.
Can’t you see a reflection of all of us in Pilate? We don’t want to be held responsible, but we know we are. We wash our hands, but we must cleanse our hearts and realize we have been redeemed from death. We are free from death’s sting.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Sources: Archeological writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews. By William Dennes Mahan
Painting by Tekoa Manning