The Significance of the Number Twenty-Seven

As a bit of background recall that, in 2018, the Committee on Education of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Oklahoma developed twenty-four Lessons on Cryptic Masonry, in an effort to foster more opportunities for educational presentations during Council meetings. Each of these twenty-four lessons outlines a self-contained educational presentation. The material for these lessons is drawn from two readily available sources:

THE COURSE — The Cryptic Masonry Education Course, which was published in 2017 by the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International.

THE RITUAL — The Ritual of the Grand Council C.M. of Oklahoma, as adopted in 1954, with subsequent amendments.

Every other month we will suggest one of these lessons that a Illustrious Master may use, if he so desires, as an educational presentation in his Council meeting.

This month’s suggested lesson for Council meetings is “Select Master Lesson #8,” which is found on p. 21 of the Lessons on Cryptic Masonry.

Outline of the Lesson:

(i) Read the section on “The Significance of the Number Twenty-Seven” found on pp. 67-70 of THE COURSE.

Discussion Questions:

(i) Answer question 13 on p. 74 of THE COURSE.

(ii) The numbers 3, 5, 7, and 9 are ubiquitous in Freemasonry. Discuss what each of these four numbers symbolize in the Degrees of Masonry.

(iii) What is Gematria? Give some examples of how Gematria has been used to interpret Biblical allegories.

(iv) Discuss the significance of the number 27. Explain the definition of a palindrome and then give one possible meaning of the 27 / 72 palindrome.

These questions are only meant to begin the discussion and to hopefully spark further discussion and interest in the chosen topic.