4960 noon

4960 noon

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

Shelter from the noonday heat Isa 4:5-6 See also Isa 16:3 Moab likens asylum sought from Judah to shelter from the noonday sun; Isa 25:4

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

1Ki 18:26-29; Ne 8:3

Noon as a time for prayer

Ps 55:16-17 The devout Jew prayed three times daily. See also Da 6:10; Ac 10:9

Noon as a time of God’s judgment

A time of unexpected destruction Jer 15:8 Armies usually attacked at dawn; a noon raid would take the people by surprise. See also Jer 6:4; Jer 20:16; Zep 2:4

Darkness at noon is a sign of God’s judgment Job 5:14; Am 8:9 See also Dt 28:29; Isa 59:9-10
Mt 27:45 pp Mk 15:33 pp Lk 23:44-45 The noonday sun is darkened following the crucifixion.

The noonday sun as a symbol of glory

The glory of Jesus Christ Rev 1:16 See also Mt 17:2

The vindication of God’s people Jdg 5:31 See also Job 11:17; Ps 37:6; Isa 58:10; Mt 13:43

Events that occurred at noon

Joseph 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

See also

1193glory, revelation of
4284sun
4829heat
4918dawn
4921day
4954morning
5056rest
5295destruction
8602prayer
9210judgment, God’s

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