Chaplain’s Corner Dec 9th, 2020

On November 10th   and December 8th, Jupiter Light Lodge welcomed the Brothers back to Lodge since March. With the direction of our Worshipful Master the lodge was opened with special safety precautions. All the Brothers had their temperatures checked with a sensor (courtesy of Brother Keith Campbell P.M.) and mask wearing was mandated in the lodge. The seating was arraigned to provide social distancing. Our Worshipful Master along with the Lodge Officers were keenly focused on the safety of our Brethren.

 

It was a pleasure spending time with our Brothers and having the Lodge functioning again! We are proud to continue our annual support of the Thanksgiving Dinner delivery to those less fortunate in our community. With the assistance of the Jupiter Police Department we will deliver these dinners to 25 families identified but the community relations officer from the Jupiter PD. The financial support of this vital program was outstanding. It was the heartfelt donations of the Brethren that enables the Lodge to continue to deliver smiles and much needed food to those in dire need. Every year the smiles and tears of joy from the people we help makes this program so rewarding for our benevolence.

Thanksgiving is always such a special holiday. The lodge provided 30 thanksgiving dinners (precooked) to needy families in Jupiter in coordination with the Jupiter Police Department. The many families were overwhelming with gratitude! Your support of this important program fills a vital need in the community!

The More you Learn:

 The Legend of Hiram Abiff is the most important of all the legends of Freemasonry. I recently came across a special article form Universal Co-Masonry, The American Federation of Human Rights, Inc. It provides the biblical foundation of this remarkable account. At the bottom of this article I am including a section of the article along with a link to the full article. I hope you will find it an interesting read.

NEWS: We have brothers who we are in need of our thoughts and prayers.

Worshipful Jim Mullinax will be having tests completed on the brain growth they discovered. We are thankful it is not causing any distress but, we hope it will be treated soon. Worshipful Jim joined us in Lodge on December 8th.

Brother John Blazekowski received some treatment for blocked arteries around his heart. His recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Brother John is having to limit his activity and receives therapy to help him. Brother John joined us at the cookout on November 24th and in Lodge on December 8th.

Worshipful Keith Campbell has been experiencing a fever for the last several days. He is getting tested. Our hearts and prayers go out to him, Rhonda and Lucy!

Brother David Goggins was at an event this past weekend where a person was later positive for COVID. Brother David has self-quarantined for safety and we hope he will be safe and healthy.

 

We all know our God is with us and will guide us through this time and all the times of sadness and tribulation. Please share this prayer with me:

Most Holy and Glorious Lord God accept our thanks for the many mercies and graces which thou hast bestowed on us. Wilt thou open our eyes that we may more fully appreciate those among us who are making the ultimate sacrifice to tend to our care, protection and daily needs. Make us mindful that your presence and protection is with us always. We pause to ask that you will care for those who are brought before us as sick and in distress, their families and the medical personnel who are responsible for tending them. May the combined efforts of our love, as it is expressed in our having the purpose of bringing relief from any illness or distress guide us in our prayers and actions. Almighty God give the blessing of comfort to those who need our love and your protection. We know you are with us and our faith in you will sustain us.

Amen

Your lodge would like to know how all our brethren and their families are doing during this difficult time. Please let the Worshipful Master and I know how you and your family are doing. Our e-mail addresses and phone numbers are included below. Please remember to contact me or the Worshipful Master with any news or requests for assistance and prayer! Also, as always, we need any good news you have to share! We may face a pandemic but, calling to check on a brother is not only safe but, will always be appreciated.

 

Fraternally,
David Watjen
Chaplain
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340
[email protected]
336-926-1068

W:. M:. Mark Murray
Worshipful Master
Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340
[email protected]
772-215-1010

THE LEGEND OF HIRAM ABIFF

The Full Article is available at:

https://www.universalfreemasonry.org/en/history-freemasonry/legend-hiram-abiff

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THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF FREEMASONRY

THE LEGEND OF HIRAM ABIFF

This is the most important of all the legends of Freemasonry.

It will therefore be considered in respect to its origin, its history, and its meaning. Before, however, proceeding to the discussion of these important subjects, and the investigation of the truly mythical character of Hiram Abif, it will be proper to inquire into the meaning of his name, or rather the meaning of the epithet that accompanies it.

In the places in Scripture in which he is mentioned he is called at one time (in 2 Chronicles ii., 13), by the King of Tyre, in the letter written by him to King Solomon, Churam Abi; in another place (in 2 Chronicles iv., 16), where the writer of the narrative is recording the work done by him for Solomon, Churam Abiv, or, as it might be pronounced according to the sound of the Hebrew letters, Abiu.

But Luther, in his German translation of the Bible, adopted the pronunciation Abif, exchanging the flat v for the sharp f. In this he was followed by Anderson, who was the first to present the full name of Hiram Abif to the Craft.

This he did in the first edition of the English book of Constitutions.

And since his time at least the appellation of Hiram Abif has been adopted by and become familiar to the Craft as the name of the cunning or skillful artist who was sent by Hiram, King of Tyre, to assist King Solomon in the construction of the Temple.

In Chronicles and Kings we find Churam or Huram, as we may use the initial letter as a guttural or an aspirate, and Chiram or Hiram, the vowel u or i being indifferently used. But the Masonic usage has universally adopted the word Hiram.

Now, the Abi and Abiv, used by the King of Tyre, in the book of Chronicles form no part of the name, but are simply inflections of the possessive pronouns my and his suffixed to the appellative Ab.

Ab in Hebrew means father, i is my, and in, iv, or if is his. Abi is therefore my father, and so he is called by the King of Tyre when he is describing him to Solomon, “Hiram my father;” Abif is his father, and he is so spoken of by the historian when he recounts the various kinds of work which were done for King Solomon by “Hiram his father.”

But the word Ab in Hebrew, though primarily signifying a male parent, has other derivative significations. It is evident that in none of the passages in which he is mentioned is it intended to intimate that he held such relationship to either the King of Tyre or the King of Israel.

The word “father ” was applied by the Hebrews as a term of honor, or to signify a station of preeminence.

Buxtorf [i] says it sometimes signifed Master, and he cites the fourth chapter of Genesis, where Jabal is called the father of cattle and Jubal the father of musicians.

Hiram Abif was most probably selected by the King of Tyre to be sent to Solomon as a skillful artificer of preeminent skill that he might execute the principal works in the interior of the Temple and fabricate the various utensils intended for the sacred services.

He was a master in his art or calling, and properly dignified with a title which announced his distinguished character.

The title of Father, which was given to him, denotes, says Smith, [ii] the respect and esteem in which he was held, according to the similar custom of the people of the East at the present day.

I am well pleased with the suggestion of Dr. McClintock that “Hiram my father seems to mean Hiram my counsellor; that is to say, foreman or master workman” [iii]

Applying this meaning to the passages in Chronicles which refer to this artist, we shall see how easily every difficulty is removed and the Craftsman Hiram placed in his true light.

When King Hiram, wishing to aid the King of Israel in his contemplated building, writes him a letter in which he promises to comply with the request of Solomon to send him timber from Lebanon and wood-cutters to hew it, as an additional mark of his friendship and his desire to contribute his aid in building “a house for Jehovah,” he gives him the services of one of his most skillful artisans and announces the gift in these words: “And now I have sent a skillful man, endued with understanding, my master workman Hiram.”

And when the historian who wrote the Chronicles of the kingdom had recapitulated all the work that Hiram had accomplished, such as the pillars of the porch, the lavers and the candlesticks, and the sacred vessels, he concludes by saying that all these things were made for King Solomon by his master-workman Hiram, in the Hebrew gnasah Huram Abif Lammelech Schelomoh.

Hiram or Huram was his proper name. Ab, father of his trade or master-workman, his title, and i or if, any or his, the possessive pronominal suffix, used according to circumstances.

The King of Tyre calls him Hiram Abi, “my master-workman.” When the chronicler speaks of him in his relation to King Solomon, he calls him Hiram Abif “his master-workman.” And as all his Masonic relations are with Solomon, this latter designation has been adopted, from Anderson, by the Craft.

Having thus disposed of the name and title of the personage who constitutes the main point in this Masonic Legend, I proceed to an examination of the origin and progressive growth of the myth.

“The Legend of the Temple-Builder,” as he is commonly but improperly called, is so intimately connected in the ritual with the symbolic history of the Temple, that we would very naturally be led to suppose that the one has always been contemporary and coexistent with the other.

The evidence on this point is, however, by no means conclusive or satisfactory, though a critical examination of the old manuscripts would seem to show that the writers of those documents, while compiling from traditional sources the Legend of the Craft, were not altogether ignorant of the rank and services that have been subsequently attributed by the Speculative Masons of the present day to Hiram Abif.

They certainly had some notion that in the building of the Temple at Jerusalem King Solomon had the assistance of a skillful artist who had been supplied to him by the King of Tyre.

The origin of the Legend must be looked for in the Scriptural account of the building of the Temple of Jerusalem. The story, as told in the books of Kings and Chronicles…