The Significance of Windows in the Bible

The Significance of Windows in the Bible

As you study the Bible, you’ll start to notice that things can have a significant meaning. Numbers, names, objects, and places in the Bible can have a deeper meaning than we realize.

We should be careful not to overdo this, because frankly, not everything has a deep spiritual significance. We can get caught up trying to follow signs and lose our focus on Jesus.

The first time a window is mentioned in the Bible, it’s a window on the ark that Noah built.

When the Bible was written, windows did not look like they do today. And because of that, windows were less common than they are today. Glass windows weren’t used until around 100 AD. The windows prior to that were typically holes in the wall or ceiling that let sunlight in. The opening could be covered with wood, a piece of animal skin, or other material that could be moved to open the window.

If you feel that God is highlighting windows, or you’re having recurring dreams about windows, there could be a more significant spiritual meaning. I believe that if you ask God in prayer to show you the meaning, then you’ll get an answer.

When I was studying the Bible verses about windows and praying for what they might mean for you, I found three different meanings of windows in the Bible.

In the Bible, windows can be an opportunity for new insight, they can provide an escape path, and they can let things into our life.

Windows provide an opportunity for insight

“While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain, I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense.” Proverbs 7:6-7 NLT

“So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground” Genesis 8:6-8 NIV

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
Daniel 6:10 NIV

In these Bible verses about windows, we can see how the window gave someone insight. God may be showing you a window to learn about a new opportunity, or help you understand a situation you’re in.

Noah opened the window of the ark to see a better picture of his surroundings. He let the raven and dove out so he could learn if the flood was ending. 

Daniel was praying with the windows open because he wanted other people to see him. There was a decree from the king forbidding prayer, and Daniel wanted to show everyone that he wasn’t afraid.

Windows provide people with an escape path

“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.” So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.” Joshua 2:14-15 NIV

“So Michal let David down through a window, and he fled and escaped.” 1 Samuel 19:12 NIV

“When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me. I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.”
2 Corinthians 11:32-33 NLT

In these three Bible stories, the window was the escape path that let the people of God escape from danger. 

We wouldn’t usually climb through a window unless we’re facing real danger. God may be showing you windows as a sign that He’s going to lead you away from the evil that’s pursuing you. That doesn’t mean you’ll literally need to climb through a window to escape. It can simply be a message that God is going to make a way for you.

Windows can let things into our life

“Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of his mouth. Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament. Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.” Jeremiah 9:20-21 NIV

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
Malachi 3:10 NKJV

These last two verses show us that windows can let things into our life. We can read that both good and bad things can come in through the window. 

In the first first, death came through the window. And in the second verse the blessing of God comes through the window.

This doesn’t give us a clear picture of what windows might mean. It’s best to seek God and ask Him for revelation. Windows could be a warning that negative things are trying to come into our life, or a sign that God is pouring out a blessing on your life.

The good news is that windows can be open and closed. If you sense that something bad is trying to come into your life, pray that those windows would be closed in Jesus’ name. And if a Heavenly blessing is coming, you can thank and praise God for His goodness.


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