Daily Zohar # 2634 – Vaera – I will take you for My people
Daily Zohar 2634
Daily Zohar 2634
54. וְאִם תֹּאמַר, אַף עַל גַּב שֶׁיָּצְאוּ, הֲרֵי אוּלַי יֵלְכוּ [חֵילוֹתָם] אַחֲרֵיהֶם לְהַזִּיק לָהֶם – כָּתוּב וְהִצַּלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מֵעֲבוֹדָתָם. וְאִם תֹּאמַר, הֲרֵי יֵצְאוּ וְיִנָּצְלוּ וְלֹא תִהְיֶה לָהֶם גְּאֻלָּה – תַּלְמוּד לוֹמַר וְגָאַלְתִּי אֶתְכֶם בִּזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה. וְאִם תֹּאמַר לֹא יְקַבְּלֵם – הֲרֵי כָּתוּב וְלָקַחְתִּי. וְאִם תֹּאמַר, כְּשֶׁיְּקַבְּלֵם לֹא יְבִיאֵם לָאָרֶץ – הֲרֵי כָּתוּב וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם וְגוֹ’.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Yosei says that the best news would be “I will take you for My people” that we can read in the verse that follows
“וְלָקַחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לִי לְעָם וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם הַמּוֹצִיא אֶתְכֶם מִתַּחַת סִבְלוֹת מִצְרָיִם”
“’Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am YHVH your God, who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
What makes ‘going out of Egypt’ a better news for the Israelites. He explains that the ‘burden’ of the Egyptians was their witchcrafts that was so strong on the Israelites that they couldn’t leave them. As long as they were under the control of the Egyptians, they couldn’t enjoy even the freedom of worshiping God. For that reason God told them that they will go out of Egypt.
Even if the Egyptians were to go after them, they will be protected because God said ‘I will deliver you from the bondage’
The entire process of the redemption is summarized in Exodus 6:6,7,8
Take them out from the sufferings in Egypt
Deliver them from bondage
Bring judgment on the Egyptians and redeem them.
Take them to be his people
Give them the Torah (‘וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם’)
Bring them to the Promised Land, giving it for their heritage.