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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 4918 dawn
4918 dawn

4918 dawn

The time marked by the rising of the sun. It signals the end of night and relief from its attendant concerns, and the approach of daylight with the opportunity for renewed daily activity. The light of dawn following darkness is a symbol of hope and vindication, fulfilled especially in the coming of the Messiah through whom God’s new age dawns.

Dawn as the end of the night

It ends the darkness of the night Am 5:8 See also 2Sa 23:4; Job 41:18

It signals the end of nightly activity Ge 32:22-26; Jdg 19:25-26; 1Sa 14:36; 1Sa 25:36; 2Sa 2:32; 2Sa 17:22; SS 2:16-17

Waiting for the dawn to bring relief Ps 130:6 See also Job 7:3-4; Ps 46:5; Isa 21:12; Isa 38:13; Ac 27:29

Dawn as the beginning of a new day

It provides the earliest opportunity of the day Da 6:19 First light provides the earliest opportunity for action and implies urgency. See also Ge 19:15; Jos 6:15 Dawn was a common time for military campaigns to begin; Jdg 9:33; Jdg 16:2; 1Sa 19:11; Mt 28:1 pp Mk 16:2 pp Lk 24:1 Women visit Jesus Christ’s tomb at dawn; Mk 1:35 pp Lk 4:42 Jesus Christ prays at dawn; Lk 22:66; Jn 8:2; Ac 27:33

Important activity begins at dawn Ne 4:21 See also Ne 8:3

Dawn as a symbol of blessings to come

The Messiah brings a new dawn Isa 9:2; Rev 22:16 See also Nu 24:17; Mt 4:16; Lk 1:78-79; Jn 1:4-5; Jn 8:12

A symbol of hope and vindication Ps 37:6; Ps 112:4 See also Jdg 5:31; Ps 57:8 pp Ps 108:2; Pr 4:18; Isa 58:8; Isa 60:1-3; Isa 62:1

A symbol of God’s coming in glory Hab 3:3-4 See also Mal 4:2

A symbol of renewal Ps 110:3

Dawn as a symbol of God’s revelation

1Jn 2:8 See also Isa 8:20; 2Pe 1:19

Dawn as a time of reckoning

Darkness at dawn as a picture of judgment Isa 13:10-11 See also Job 3:9; Am 4:13

The light of dawn exposes the wicked Job 38:12-13; Jn 3:19-20; Eph 5:11-13

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