Anchor and Ark

The hope of glory, or of the fulfilment of all God's promises to our souls, is the golden or precious anchor, by which we must be kept steadfast in the faith, and encouraged to abide in our proper station amidst the storms of temptation, affliction, and persecution. ( Hebrews 6:19 )


In the Third Degree of Masonry where the ceremonies and instructions relate largely to life and death, man's journey over the seas of life is symbolized by Noah's Ark, and the hope of immortality and a safe landing in the haven of eternal security is symbolized by the anchor.

The Ark and Anchor are emblems of a well grounded hope and a well spent life. They are emblematical of that Divine Ark which triumphantly bears us over this tempestuous sea of troubles; and that Anchor which shall safely moor us in a peaceful harbour, where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest. ( Genesis 7:1 )


Biblical References

Hebrews 6:19

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

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Genesis 7:1

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

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