This Zohar section quotes several Bible verses that link us to the purpose and protection of the Tree of Life.
Psalms 121:4 (This Paslms is well know because of the song “Shir Lama’alot”)
“הִנֵּה לֹא-יָנוּם, וְלֹא יִישָׁן שׁוֹמֵר, יִשְׂרָאֵל.”
“Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
The keeper of Israel is Zeir Anpin, which is the lower Tree of Life, nourished from Binah that continuously sustains him.
“ יְהוָה, מְנָת-חֶלְקִי וְכוֹסִי אַתָּה, תּוֹמִיךְ גּוֹרָלִי”
“YHVH is my inheritance and my cup. You are the one who determines my destiny”
King David appreciated his connection to the Tree of Life that fulfilled and supported his vessel. It is the root and the path of his destiny.
“כִּי בְּצֵל הַחָכְמָה, בְּצֵל הַכָּסֶף; וְיִתְרוֹן דַּעַת, הַחָכְמָה תְּחַיֶּה בְעָלֶיהָ.”
“For in the shadow of Wisdom (Chokmah), in the shadow of money (silver) and the advantage of knowledge (Da’at) The wisdom preserves the life of him that own it”
The wisest of all, King Solomon, reveals to us that in the Tree of Life, the Chokmah is above Chessed that is the aspect of Silver and it feeds form Chokmah. Both are on the right column.
Da’at gives the advantage because it is the Sefirah that channels the Light of Chokmah through the central column and brings life to all the lower levels. It is not automatically for everyone but only for those who ‘own’ it. Ownership comes only through the process of earning it with our spiritual work.
“ לָכֵן כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה עֲבָדַי יֹאכֵלוּ וְאַתֶּם תִּרְעָבוּ–הִנֵּה עֲבָדַי יִשְׁתּוּ, וְאַתֶּם תִּצְמָאוּ; הִנֵּה עֲבָדַי יִשְׂמָחוּ, וְאַתֶּם תֵּבֹשׁוּ”
“This is what YHVH God says: My servants will eat, but you will be hungry. My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty. My servants will be glad, but you will be ashamed.”
The servants that God is referring to are those who work to draw and continue the flow of light from the Tree of Life to the world. As channels of Light they are the first to benefit from it.
“ וַיְהִי-קוֹל–מֵעַל, לָרָקִיעַ אֲשֶׁר עַל-רֹאשָׁם; בְּעָמְדָם, תְּרַפֶּינָה כַנְפֵיהֶן”
“A voice came from above the expanse over their heads; when they stood still, they lowered their wings”
The ‘voice’ is the aspect of Zeir Anpin and the heads is the aspect of Yessod of Zeir Anpin that connects Malchut to the Tree.
“זֵכֶר עָשָׂה, לְנִפְלְאוֹתָיו; חַנּוּן וְרַחוּם יְהוָה”
“He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered. YHVH is gracious and compassionate”
The ‘זֵכֶר’ ‘remembering’ is male aspect that is related to the connection of Yessod and Malchut that brings down the pure light that is gracious and compassionate.
The concentration of verse above is a well of light that links us to the Tree of Life. The Zohar ‘digs’ for us wells of life from the Bible. It reveals the inner light of the verses and that is why the Daily Zohar brings the full verse even if the Zohar refers to it with few words.
We should focus and read the quoted verses from the Bible. It is highly recommended to have the Bible book next to us when we study the Daily Zohar. You can use this link to http://Mechon-mamre.org to locate Bible verses online and have the Hebrew with other languages side by side.