The mid-point between sunrise and sunset when the sun is at its brightest. Noon is a time to seek shelter from the heat of the day. The darkening of the midday sun and the surprise attack of the enemy at noon are signs of God’s judgment. The brilliance of the noonday sun is likened to the glory of Jesus Christ and to the vindication of God’s people.
Noon as a time of severe heat
Time to rest from the sun’s heat 2Sa 4:5 See also Ge 18:1
SS 1:7 See also Ru 2:7 Ruth rests from her gleaning at noon; 1Sa 11:11 Saul’s army halts its destruction of the Ammonites at midday; 1Ki 20:16 Israel’s enemies relax at midday, unaware of the imminence of battle; Mt 20:12 Workers in the vineyard might have been expected to rest during the hottest part of the day; Jn 4:6 Jesus Christ rests from his journey by the well of Sychar.
Noon as a natural break in the day
Noon as a time for prayer
Noon as a time of God’s judgment
The noonday sun as a symbol of glory
Events that occurred at noonJoseph invites his brothers to eat with him at noon: Ge 43:16,26
Jos 10:12-13 The sun stops in the middle of the sky, allowing Joshua to defeat the Amorites; 2Ki 4:18-20 The Shunammite woman’s son dies at noon. Paul’s encounter with the risen Christ about noon: Ac 22:6; Ac 26:13
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