If you haven't done so yet, read my Introduction to the Allied Masonic Degrees, to which this post is a follow-up.
While attempting to complete the third elevation of the Temple the work is at a standstill because only a Grand Architect possesses the skill to erect structures in the air.
A Master Architect comes forth claiming to have drafted plans for the third elevation (the like of which are unknown to him.) He presents them, and owing to his skill and ability, they are taken under consideration by the two Overseers and subsequently adopted!
This degree is significant because it shows that man, by his creativity and intelligence, can exceed beyond the level of his instruction. The third elevation of the Temple must have been a daunting task in its day. The similar prospect of building a vehicle that can travel in outer space comes to my mind, a way in which today's man has clearly exceeded the level of his instruction, and triumphed.
This scenario also gives an example worthy of emulation in that the Overseers, being clearly of a higher seniority than the Architect, are nonetheless willing to consider the ideas of their less experienced brother and adopt them if they are found worthy.
Steps to the Endowment.
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