Zohar Acharei Mot
In the book of Daniel, chapter 3, we read a story about three people; Chanania, Mishael and Azaria (also named Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego. The point of the story is that they refuse to bow to the kingdom’s statue. The king Nebuchadnezzar ordered to throw them into a high heat furnace. The people that lead them into the furnace burned themselves but the three were seen walking in the fire with a fourth person, which was an angel that cooled down the fire around them.
The Zohar explains that they merited the miracle of surviving the fire because of their prayers.
Chanania quoted Psalms 118:6
“יְהוָה לִי, לֹא אִירָא; מַה-יַּעֲשֶׂה לִי אָדָם”
“YHVH is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?”
Mishael quoted Jeremiah 30:10
“וְאַתָּה אַל-תִּירָא עַבְדִּי יַעֲקֹב נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְאַל-תֵּחַת יִשְׂרָאֵל–כִּי הִנְנִי מוֹשִׁיעֲךָ מֵרָחוֹק, וְאֶת-זַרְעֲךָ מֵאֶרֶץ שִׁבְיָם; וְשָׁב יַעֲקֹב וְשָׁקַט וְשַׁאֲנַן, וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד”
“’Fear not, O Jacob My servant,’ declares the LORD, ‘And do not be dismayed, O Israel; For behold, I will save you from afar And your offspring from the land of their captivity. And Jacob will return and will be quiet and at ease, And no one will make him afraid.”
Some of the people around thought that Mishael is calling Jacob for help and not God. They laughed but sparks of fire jumped on them and consumed them.
Azaria recited the Shema Israel, Deuteronomy 6:4
“שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל: יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד”
“Hear, O Israel: YHVH our God, YHVH is one.”
When God heard their prayers, He gathered His angels and asked them “With which words should I save them? and they answered with the verse from Psalms 83:19
“וְיֵדְעוּ– כִּי-אַתָּה שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה לְבַדֶּךָ:
“That they may know that You alone, whose name is YHVH, is the Most High over all the earth.”
Continued in the next DZ