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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 12

In a couple of weeks, the 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring will be reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for this class, I am re-re-reading the book and constructing a detailed outline for each chapter as I read. The following outline is for Chapter 12 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. The Delectable Mountains

A. Description of the Mountains
1. The Mountains belong to the Lord of the Hill.
2. The Mountains contain:
a. Gardens,
b. Orchards,
c. Vineyards.
3. The pilgrims "drink of the water, and wash themselves in it," and eat from the vineyards.
4. Upon the mountaintops, close to the Highway, the pilgrims see Shepherds feeding their flocks.

B. Conversation with the Shepherds
1. Key phrase: "the sheep are also His [i.e., the Lord of the Hill], and He laid down His life for them."
2. The shepherds invite the pilgrims to partake of the land, as they are under command from their Lord to entertain strangers.
3. Once the shepherds learn more about the pilgrims, they are especially joyful to see them and they welcome them.
4. The Shepherds names are:
a. Knowledge,
b. Experience,
c. Watchful,
d. Sincere.

II. A Mountain Called Error

A. Description of Mt. Error: very steep on one side, with many dead bodies at the bottom.

B. The unburied bodies are said to be those who were deceived by Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Tim 2:17-18).

C. The unburied bodies at the foot of Mt. Error are said to be left as a warning.

III. A Mountain Called Caution

A. Description of Mt. Caution: covered in tombs and populated with blind men.

B. The shepherds explain that the blind men were travelers who had sought a short-cut from the rough Way through a pleasant meadow, where they had been caught and blinded by the Giant Despair.

IV. A By-Way to Hell

A. The shepherds show the pilgrims a door into Hell.

B. The shepherds say that hypocrites go through the door.

C. The pilgrims respond: "We have a great need to cry to the Strong One for strength" (that they not be found hypocrites).

V. A View of the City

A. The pilgrims ascend a high hill called Clear and see the Gate and some of the glory of the Celestial City.

B. The pilgrims cannot see into the city because their hands-- holding the telescope-- are shaking after their vision of Hell.

C. Parting gift/words from the shepherds:
1. Written instructions as a guide,
2. A warning to beware the flatterer,
3. A warning not to sleep on the Enchanted Ground,
4. A wish for God's blessing on their journey.

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