Daily Zohar # 2809 – Ekev – The chariot of God
Article: “And the form of their faces, each had the face of a man”
“וּדְמוּת פְּנֵיהֶם פְּנֵי אָדָם וּפְנֵי אַרְיֵה אֶל הַיָּמִין לְאַרְבַּעְתָּם וּפְנֵי שׁוֹר מֵהַשְּׂמֹאול לְאַרְבַּעְתָּן וּפְנֵי נֶשֶׁר לְאַרְבַּעְתָּן”
“As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle.”
Their faces were large, not like Cherubim that have small child like faces. The ‘face of a man’ includes different images that relate to the YHVH name in four directions, East, West, North and South.
The form of Michael is of the East and the other three faces of Lion, Ox and Eagle look to the face of man, ‘אדם’,’Adam’.
“רֶכֶב אֱלֹהִים רִבֹּתַיִם אַלְפֵי שִׁנְאָן אֲדֹנָי בָם סִינַי בַּקֹּדֶשׁ”
“The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.”
The word ‘שִׁנְאָן’ from the verse above appears only once in the Bible. It is not a Hebrew or Aramaic word and the English translation is a pure guess related to the general meaning of the verse. The Zohar reveals that this word represents the initials of the four Holy Creatures
Letter ש for שור – Ox
Letter נ for נשר – Eagle
Letter א for אריה – Lion
Letter ן for אדם – man
The word for man is אדם ‘Adam’ and the Zohar explains that here the letter that represents man, Adam, is Nun ן. It’s a letter that is stretched below the baseline (Malchut) and like the first Adam when he was create, he was made as male and female, Zeir Anpin and Malchut. Later Malchut, Eve, was separated from Adam.