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
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
Dawn as a symbol of blessings to come
A symbol of renewal Ps 110:3
Dawn as a symbol of God’s revelation
Dawn as a time of reckoning