Esoteric Considerations of the Super Excellent Master

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 “Super Excellent Master Lesson #2,” which is found on p. 26 of the Lessons on Cryptic Masonry.

Outline of the Lesson:

(i) Read the section on “Esoteric Considerations” found on pp. 78-79 of THE COURSE.

Discussion Questions:

(i) Answer questions 5, 6, and 7 on pp. 81-82 of THE COURSE.

(ii) Zedekiah represents one of the major enemies or forces which impede human progress in every generation. One is within us; the other, without us. Identify these enemies and describe how they affect the advancement of society.

(iii) Discuss the symbolic meanings of Babylon and Jerusalem. Can you think of examples in other degrees of Freemasonry where these two opposites seem to prevail?

(iv) This degree reminds us of mankind’s imperfect conception of God; that all light revealed to man is human light. What does this concept teach us about the nature of truth?

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