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Most Excellent Master and Psalm 122:4-8

Nolan Keck

At the building of King’s Solomon’s Temple, there was not heard the sound of axe, hammer, or any tool of iron. Solomon King of Israel, Hiram King of Tyre, Adoniram and the Craftsmen were all present to witness and remember that great day, when the Keystone was put into place and the Temple was completed, and the Presence of God dwelt between the Cherubim on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. And then all Israel was invited to the Feast of the Tabernacle. For King David once wrote, “Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.” In token of his appreciation, King Solomon conferred upon all of the Craftsmen the congratulatory title of Most Excellent Master, with which came the responsibility of spreading Masonic Light throughout the World. The Craftsmen were then charged with seeking more Masonic knowledge in which they would craft their own spiritual Temple, to display before all the brethren and the Supreme Architect of the Universe. And when the building was erected, its several parts were fitted with such exactness, that it had more the appearance of being the handiwork of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, than that of human hands. For He is good: for His mercy endureth forever!


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