Sunday, March 28, 2010

Passion Week with Pilgrim's Progress: Pliable and the Slough of Despond

Christian has been convicted of his sin and flees the City of Destruction.  Obstinate and Pliable run after him to bring him back, but Pliable is persuaded by Christian to join him in his journey to the wicket-gate and beyond.  They travel together until they reach the Slough of Despond. 

Now I saw in my dream, that just as they had ended this talk they drew near to a very miry slough, that was in the midst of the plain; and they, being heedless, did both fall suddenly into the bog.  The name of the slough was Despond.  Here, therefore, they wallowed for a time, being grievously bedaubed with the dirt; and Christian, because of the burden that was on his back, began to sink in the mire.

Then said Pliable; Ah! neighbour Christian, where are you now?

Truly, said Christian, I do not know.

At this Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, is this the happiness you have told me all this while of? If we have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect betwixt this and our journey's end?  May I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave country alone for me.  And with that, he gave a desperate struggle or two, and got out of the mire on that side of the slough which was next to his own house: so away he went, and Christian saw him no more.
~The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come 
by John Bunyan 

Jesus said... "As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away."
 ~Matthew 13:20-21

From the Passion Week...And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”
~Mark 11:7-10

1 comment:

Robert W Moore said...

This is a creative and thoughtful study for Holy Week. I'll look forward to reading with you.