There is an interesting thought connected
with the cedars furnished from Lebanon's rugged sides, for the
house of the Lord. It is indestructible to decay, but 'peculiarly
obnoxious to fire. By this we may understand it was the purpose
of God, that his house should be established in perpetuity. The
best materials that the surface or the bowels of the earth could
afford, were to be lavished upon it, and find their most honored
But it was always exposed to the torch of the incendiary, that its watchmen might be vigilant; to the ravages of an invader, that its guardians might be valiant; to the hand of judgment, that its supporters might be held responsible. The analogy between the attributes of the temple cedar and the human soul, is too fearfully close to be overlooked.
NOTE In connection with this interesting
fact we observe, floating through the press during the present
year, the circumstance of a Bible formerly used by General Washington
in the Lodge ceremonies, being recently exhibited in a Masonic
celebration at Manchester, England.
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