Daily Zohar # 2778 – Balak – Why did they target Moses
The Yenuka said that bread and wine are the main parts of the meal and the other food on the table follow them.
The Torah invites us to use the bread and wine as spiritual tools of war. We should follow willingly as the meal is a great opportunity to reveal higher light.
“לְכוּ לַחֲמוּ בְלַחֲמִי וּשְׁתוּ בְּיַיִן מָסָכְתִּי”
“Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.”
The friends sat down together to eat with happiness and started a new study.
“וַיֹּאמֶר מוֹאָב אֶל זִקְנֵי מִדְיָן עַתָּה יְלַחֲכוּ הַקָּהָל אֶת כָּל סְבִיבֹתֵינוּ כִּלְחֹךְ הַשּׁוֹר אֵת יֶרֶק הַשָּׂדֶה וּבָלָק בֶּן צִפּוֹר מֶלֶךְ לְמוֹאָב בָּעֵת הַהִוא”
“And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.”
Moab is the name of the nation, not individual. This verse opens with ‘And Moab said’ not like it says later (Numbers 22:7) ‘the elders of Moab’. The Zohar explains that the elders of Moab followed the desire of the young to influence them and gave them bad advice, which was to target Moses. They said that Moses was raised by Midian to power when he lived in the house of Jethro that was the high priest of Midian. He married Jethro’s daughter and received money from him. Then Moses went to Egypt, destroyed that big nation, take his people out and pulled Jethro and his house to convert. They saw Moses as the one that holds all the powers and believed that after removing him, they would be able to eradicate the Israelites from the world.