Continued from previous DZ
God appointed a woman to provide for Elijah in the city that he was ordered to go into.
1 kings 17:9
“קוּם לֵךְ צָרְפַתָה אֲשֶׁר לְצִידוֹן וְיָשַׁבְתָּ שָׁם הִנֵּה צִוִּיתִי שָׁם אִשָּׁה אַלְמָנָה לְכַלְכְּלֶךָ”
““Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.””
The Zohar explains that Elijah complained because anyone who sustains another person in need, connects himself to the Tree of Life, together with his family. Now Elijah is upset that the Tree of death have control over the woman that was providing for him and should be protected from all harm. His words were “why have you brought harm upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” (1 Kings 17:20)
When a person follows the Right with Chessed, he has the protection of the Holy One Blessed be He with him all the time. The other-side cannot harm him. If a person follows and act negatively, the protection of God is removed and the other-side can inflict harm and pain on him.
The woman had a sin in her past that caused a disconnection from the Tree of Life.
1 Kings 17:18
“וַתֹּאמֶר אֶל אֵלִיָּהוּ מַה לִּי וָלָךְ אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים בָּאתָ אֵלַי לְהַזְכִּיר אֶת עֲוֹנִי וּלְהָמִית אֶת בְּנִי”
“And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!””
Elijah understood the reason for her calamity and prayed to God for her. Because she hosted Elijah the righteous and his prayers, she merited to have miracles and the child came back to life.
Before God commanded Elijah to move to a different place, he prepared for him a place for food and shelter. Even before he came to the woman in Zarephath, Elijah was sent to stay by the Jordan river where he had water and food delivered to him by ravens.
We learn that following the words of God is important to find sustenance in this world. We may not hear the voice of God with instructions about where to go and what to do, but if we stay on the path of the Torah, we can be assured that we will have the sustenance that we need. We may not have everything we want but we will have what we need.
The woman realized that the death of her son was connected to previous sin (1 Kings 17:18). We learn from that that if something bad happened to us then the cause is in our past and take opportunity to make correction and restore the lost connection to the light.
It is important to study every day, even for s short time to keep the flow of light. It is as important that at the end of the day, we reflect on our actions during the day, ask forgiveness from people and God and plan corrective actions.
There are no excuses nowadays to skip daily studies because with mobile devices that we have we can quickly access studies online. The Daily Zohar have text to download, studies, videos, audios and even if you only have a simple phone you can dial up a number and listen to Zohar reading. If someone have issues accessing the Zohar studies, I’ll find a solution for it.
The Talmud tells us that the child Elijah brought back to life became Jonah the prophet. Later, Elisha the prophet, who was Elijah’s disciple, resurrect another child that became Habakkuk the prophet. The life force that they channeled to the children came attached with their own light and they became prophets. We can learn a lot from that but the simple lesson is that whatever we do or channel to others, it carries attributes from us. Learn to have pure thoughts and consciousness when you do for others. It would expand your own channel, giving you greater spiritual abilities.
Daily Zohar # 2914 – Vayigash – Remember your sins