Sunday, November 6, 2011

Where the term "Mt. Hermon" came from

Mount Hermon is located in the Anti-Lebanon mountain range on the border between Syria and Lebanon. The summit is 9,230 and under Syrian control with the southern and western slopes of Mount Hermon under the control of Israel as a result of the Israeli victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. The mountain is actually a cluster of mountains with three distinct summits, each about the same height. The mountain forms one of the greatest geographic resources of the area. Because of its height it captures a great deal of precipitation in a very dry area of the world. Mount Hermon has seasonal snow which covers all three of its peaks for most of the year. The melting water feeds springs at the base of the mountain, forming streams and rivers which merge to become the Jordan River. Mount Hermon is called the "gray-haired mountain," or the "mountain of snow." It is also called "the eyes of the nation" in Israel because its altitude makes it Israel's primary strategic early warning system.

The mountain served as the northern boundary of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 3:8) and also was the northern limit of the Joshua's Conquest (Joshua 11:17; 12:1; 13:5). The high places of Mount Hermon were apparently used by the Canaanites in mythological rituals. They referred to the mountain as Mount Ba'al-Hermon (Judges 3:3). It is also called "Mount Sion". The Gospels tell of Jesus and his disciples journeying north from Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee to the city of Caesarea Philippi at the southern base of Mount Hermon (Matthew 16:13; Mark 8:27). There, Jesus revealed to them his purpose to build his Church and to go to Jerusalem to die and be resurrected (Matt 16:18-21).

Mount Hermon was a possible site of the Transfiguration, where Jesus took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John, up on a high mountain for prayer. Before their eyes, Jesus was transfigured. In the Book of Enoch (1 Enoch 6) in the Deuterocanon, Mount Hermon is the place where the Grigori ("Watcher") class of fallen angels descended to Earth. They swore upon the mountain that they would take wives among the daughters of men and return.

Mount Hermon houses Israel's only ski resort, including a wide range of ski trails at novice, intermediate, and expert levels. The Syrian government has recently unveiled plans to develop a multi-billion dollar ski resort on its slopes.

Mount Hermon Lodge #118 was chartered in 1848 by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Housed in the Asheville Masonic Temple, our Stated Communication meets on the first Thursday of each month with an open dinner at 6:30pm and the meeting following at 7:30pm.