Daily Zohar # 2885 – Vayetze – King Solomon's wisdom
We continue with the study of ‘Prophecy, vision and dream’ in Zohar Vayetze that we started last year beginning with DZ 2589, 2590, 2591, 2592, 2593 https://dailyzohar.com/daily-zohar-2589/
After king Solomon became a king after his father passed away, he went to the Holy Tabernacle and brought thousand burnt offerings to God. (equal 10x10x10 for complete connection to the Tree of Life). At the same night God (אלהים, ELHYM) revealed himself to him in a dream. God offered to grant his wishes.
2 Chronicles 1:7
“בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא נִרְאָה אֱלֹהִים לִשְׁלֹמֹה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ שְׁאַל מָה אֶתֶּן לָךְ”
“That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
The Zohar explains that God (ELHYM) is the aspect of the Left column. The dream is revealed by the angel Gabriel as previously explained (DZ 2591). The dream message from Binah connects and get ‘dressed’ in Gabriel so it can go down the levels to King Solomon. Solomon wasn’t ready at that time to have direct connection with YHVH. When King Solomon achieved his higher level, YHVH fulfilled the promise of the dream.
1 Kings 5:26
“וַיהוָה, נָתַן חָכְמָה לִשְׁלֹמֹה, כַּאֲשֶׁר, דִּבֶּר-לוֹ”
“And YHVH gave Solomon wisdom, as He promised him”
Solomon ask for wisdom to lead the people and YHVH gave it to him. He built the Holy Temple and from that point he didn’t need connections through dreams because he was able to connect to the higher wisdom and see it eye to eye.
Later in his life, King Solomon sinned and God revealed to him second time in a dream.
1 Kings 11:9
“וַיִּתְאַנַּף יְהוָה בִּשְׁלֹמֹה כִּי נָטָה לְבָבוֹ מֵעִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַנִּרְאָה אֵלָיו פַּעֲמָיִם”
“Now YHVH was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from YHVH, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,”
King Solomon had many revelations of God and when the verse says ‘appeared to him twice’ it is related only to appearance in dreams, not the other ways.
The Zohar discusses the aspect of revelations through dreams but there are few great lessons to learn from this story.
The first point is that even as a new king, Solomon made priority to connect to God through the Holy Tabernacle. He brought thousand burnt offerings to establish maximum connection to the tree of Life.
Because he opened a great channel, God revealed to him immediately ready to grant Solomon’s wishes.
If we had a similar option to ask for what we want then most of us would ask for things related to this world, mostly around money, health and relationships.
2 Chronicles 1:10
“עַתָּה, חָכְמָה וּמַדָּע תֶּן-לִי, וְאֵצְאָה לִפְנֵי הָעָם-הַזֶּה, וְאָבוֹאָה: כִּי-מִי יִשְׁפֹּט, אֶת-עַמְּךָ הַזֶּה הַגָּדוֹל”
“Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of yours?””
King Solomon asked God to open his eyes to wisdom, to see the truth in the people. By doing so he opened a channel to a revelation and God responded;
2 Chronicles 1:11
“וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים לִשְׁלֹמֹה יַעַן אֲשֶׁר הָיְתָה זֹאת עִם לְבָבֶךָ וְלֹא שָׁאַלְתָּ עֹשֶׁר נְכָסִים וְכָבוֹד וְאֵת נֶפֶשׁ שֹׂנְאֶיךָ וְגַם יָמִים רַבִּים לֹא שָׁאָלְתָּ וַתִּשְׁאַל לְךָ חָכְמָה וּמַדָּע אֲשֶׁר תִּשְׁפּוֹט אֶת עַמִּי אֲשֶׁר הִמְלַכְתִּיךָ עָלָיו. “
“ הַחָכְמָה וְהַמַּדָּע, נָתוּן לָךְ; וְעֹשֶׁר וּנְכָסִים וְכָבוֹד, אֶתֶּן-לָךְ–אֲשֶׁר לֹא-הָיָה כֵן לַמְּלָכִים אֲשֶׁר לְפָנֶיךָ, וְאַחֲרֶיךָ לֹא יִהְיֶה-כֵּן”
“God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king,”
“wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you have possessed nor those who will come after you.”
The world is too dark and corrupt for us to expect God revealing himself to us and grant our wishes. We can achieve connection to the higher wisdom by using the study of Torah through the Zohar and other kabbalistic teachings that are based on the Zohar like the Holy Ari, Rabbi Ashlag and others.
With elevated wisdom we are able to see the truth around us and our lives become clearer and better. If we achieve correction and purity we may even merit abundance in the material world. It’s all depend on the type of channels of light that we opened in our lives.
Another important lesson is to know that even when we achieve greater understanding of the wisdom, the negative-side would always be waiting for us to trip us and move us to a wrong path.
King Solomon married many women, mostly to establish good and peaceful diplomatic relationships. That is where is failed because some of the women were idol worshipping and he built for them places of worship.
When we feel strong spiritually this is the time that we need to be very careful about our behaviour. We should stay humble and follow pure routines to avoid the traps of the other side. Many great rabbi fell to the temptations of women, fame and money. Many of you heard at least of one or two of such stories. Even if you have a crown on your head, you can never be a king or at least don’t behave as a king!