The Pilgrims’s Progress: The House of the Interpreter (3)

Sampul[en]Then the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and had him into a little room, where sat two little children, each one in his chair. The name of the elder was Passion, and the name of the other Patience. Passion seemed to be much discontented; but Patience was very quiet. The reason of the discontent of Passion was The Governor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the next year; but he will have all now; but patience is willing to wait.

Then I saw that one came to Passion, and brought him a bag of treasure, and poured it down at his feet, the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to scorn. In a while he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags.

These two lads are figures: Passion, of the men of this world; and Patience, of the men of that which is to come. The men of this world: they must have all their good things now, they cannot stay till until the next world, for their portion of good. He had quickly lavished all away, and had presently left him nothing but rags; so will it be with all such men at the end of this world.

Patience has the best wisdom:

  1. Because he stays for the best things.
  2. Because he will have the glory of his, when the other has nothing but rags.
  3. The glory of the next world will never wear out; but these are suddenly gone.

“… for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting.”[1] [/en]

[id]Kemudian sang Interpreter menggandeng tangan Christian dan membawanya ke sebuah ruangan kecil di mana ada dua anak kecil yang sedang duduk di kursi masing-masing. Salah satunya bernama Passion[2] dan yang lain bernama Patience[3]. Dalam duduknya Passion seperti merasa tidak tenang, tidak sabar, dan tidak senang; sementara Patience duduk dengan sangat tenang. Alasannya karena dijanjikan “harta” untuk mereka di awal tahun depan; Passion menginginkannya sekarang, sementara Patience mau menunggu hingga waktunya.

Kemudian dibawalah sekarung penuh harta di dipan Passion yang langsung disambutnya dengan gembira. Passion menertawakan keputusan dari Patience yang rela menunggu hingga tahun depan. Tapi dengan segera Passion menghabiskan seluruh hartanya dan yang tinggal hanyalah karung kosong.

Passion dan Patience adalah gambaran manusia. Passion adalah mereka yang mengejar kecemerlangan masa kini di dunia ini; tidak menyadari bahwa itu semua dengan segera hanya akan menjadi karung kosong belaka.

Patience memiliki hikmat karena:

  1. Dia menunggu kepada yang terbaik yang akan datang.
  2. Dia tahu kemuliaan yang akan didapatnya bukan sekedar karung kosong.
  3. Dia tahu bahwa kemuliaan yang akan diterimanya bersifat kekal.

“… karena yang kelihatan adalah sementara, sedangkan yang tak kelihatan adalah kekal.”[4] [/id]

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  1. [1]2 Corinthians 4:18
  2. [2]=nafsu
  3. [3]=kesabaran
  4. [4]2 Korintus 4:18

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