Answers to Study Questions for Week Twelve Day Six
1. What contrast is emphasized in today’s passage?
Answer: The contrast is emphasized in today’s passage is between imperial Rome and the new Jerusalem.
2. How is the size of the city described?
Answer: The city was of great size, 1500 miles long and 1500 miles wide and 1500 miles high.
3. How is the wealth of the heavenly city described?
Answer: The city is made of pure gold. It’s walls are of jasper. Its foundations are adorned with precious jewels and its gates are pearl. Even the streets are paved with gold.
4. How is the number twelve used in describing the heavenly city?
Answer: The number twelve is used in these ways: the number of gates with the number of angels; the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; twelve foundations of the walls inscribe with the names of the twelve apostles.
5. What two metaphors are used frequently when the Bible speaks of the future that God promises, and what do they say to us?
Answer: The two metaphors frequently used when the Bible speaks of the future that God promises are the kingdom of God and the new Jerusalem. They are terms of relationship, not individuals, and intimate we should begin now to practice what we will experience in heaven.
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