Daily Zohar # 2431 – Behar – Levels of prophecy
Continued from previous DZ
As we learned that there are different levels of offerings/animal sacrifices so there are different levels of prophets and prophecies.
Rabbi Ashlag expands the explanations of the Zohar and adds the sefirot that relate to the different levels of prophecies.
The first level is from the world of Formation, Yetzirah, which is the aspect of the garments of the ‘King’. The Light from the upper three sefirot ‘forms’ into the sefirot of Zeir Anpin that represents the world of Yetzirah.
The next level is from the world of Creation, Briah that is the aspect of the body of the ‘King’. There are different levels of prophecies coming from this level.
“וַיַּגַּע עַל-פִּי–וַיֹּאמֶר, הִנֵּה נָגַע זֶה עַל-שְׂפָתֶיךָ; וְסָר עֲוֹנֶךָ, וְחַטָּאתְךָ תְּכֻפָּר”
“He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.””
The mouth is the aspect of Malchut because the mouth manifests the thoughts that go through the heart, lungs and come out to this world. The first word in the process of Creation that made things happen was “ויאמר” “Said God…”.
“וְדִבַּרְתִּי, עַל-הַנְּבִיאִים, וְאָנֹכִי, חָזוֹן הִרְבֵּיתִי; וּבְיַד הַנְּבִיאִים, אֲדַמֶּה”
“And I have spoken unto the prophets, And I have multiplied vision, And by the hand of the prophets I use similes.”
“By the hand” is the aspect of ‘force’ that is the aspect of Gevurah. The visions of the future are delivered through the prophets as revelations of the force of God.
“וַתָּבֹא בִי רוּחַ, כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר אֵלַי, וַתַּעֲמִדֵנִי, עַל-רַגְלָי; וָאֶשְׁמַע, אֵת מִדַּבֵּר אֵלָי”
“As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.”
The ‘spirit’, ‘רוח’ is the aspect of Tiferet/Zeir Anpin. It enters the body and gives it life.
“יְהוָה, שָׁמַעְתִּי שִׁמְעֲךָ יָרֵאתִי–יְהוָה פָּעָלְךָ בְּקֶרֶב שָׁנִים חַיֵּיהוּ, בְּקֶרֶב שָׁנִים תּוֹדִיעַ; בְּרֹגֶז, רַחֵם תִּזְכּוֹר”
“YHVH, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O YHVH, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.”
The prophet ‘heard’ the words of God. The ear is the aspect of Binah.
“וַיְהִי בִּשְׁלֹשִׁים שָׁנָה, בָּרְבִיעִי בַּחֲמִשָּׁה לַחֹדֶשׁ, וַאֲנִי בְתוֹךְ-הַגּוֹלָה, עַל-נְהַר-כְּבָר; נִפְתְּחוּ, הַשָּׁמַיִם, וָאֶרְאֶה, מַרְאוֹת אֱלֹהִים”
“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.”
The prophet saw visions is the use of eyes that is the level of Chokmah.
The Sefirot and the seven ‘openings’ of the face.
Eyes – י – Chokmah
Ears – ה – Binah
Nose – ו – Zeir Anpin
Mouth – ה – Malchut