Zohar Shelach Lecha
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיָּשֻׁבוּ, מִתּוּר הָאָרֶץ, מִקֵּץ, אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם.”
“And they returned from spying out the land at the end of forty days.”
They returned from spying the Land, meaning that they left the path of truth. The spies came back with doubts about the future rewards that come from the efforts of following the Torah.
“וַיְסַפְּרוּ-לוֹ, וַיֹּאמְרוּ, בָּאנוּ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר שְׁלַחְתָּנוּ; וְגַם זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ, הִוא–וְזֶה-פִּרְיָהּ”
“And they told him, and said: ‘We came unto the land that you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.”
The Zohar reveals that the spies did see the value of the ‘Land’ when they said ‘surely it flows with milk and honey’ but their consciousness was limited, thinking that they can’t reach that level.
“אֶפֶס כִּי-עַז הָעָם, הַיֹּשֵׁב בָּאָרֶץ; וְהֶעָרִים, בְּצֻרוֹת גְּדֹלֹת מְאֹד, וְגַם-יְלִדֵי הָעֲנָק, רָאִינוּ שָׁם”
“However the people that dwell in the land are fierce, and the cities are fortified, and very great; and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.”
The people on the Land were strong and fierce. The spies assumed that dwelling in the Land, which is the reward of the Torah, is not for everyone. The people that can achieve it should be rich and with special strengths like the current dwellers of the Land they just saw.
‘and the cities are fortified, and very great’, and ‘the children of Anak there’, The words they used to describe what they saw, revealed their fears and weaknesses. The children of Anak were giants and the spies saw themselves in comparison with Anak as ‘grasshoppers’ (verse 13:33). The Torah requires physical strength in order to follow the restrictions of the precepts and the spies didn’t think that ‘small’ as they were, they wouldn’t be able to follow it.