“כִּי לִי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲבָדִים עֲבָדַי הֵם אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם.”
“’For the sons of Israel are My servants; they are My servants whom I brought out from the land of Egypt. I am YHVH your God.”
It’s a precept to do all kind of work in the Holy Temple and outside of it. The work includes all kind of services like praying, and follow the Torah laws like a servant does his best for his master.
The question is why God called the Israelites his servants, and the answer is because He brought them out of Egypt. The first commandment says, “I am your God that took you out of Egypt.”
God saved the Israelites from evil, darkness, and death that come from the other-side. He connected us to Life that we receive when we serve him according to the guidance of the Torah.
The word for ‘servant’ is ‘עבד’ that means work, worker, slave, servant. The focus is on the ‘earnings’ that comes from following the work that God guides us to do in the Torah.
“בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם”
“You are the sons of YHVH your God.”
The Israelites are called ‘sons of YHVH’ and also ‘servants of YHVH”. When a person recognizes the Holy One Blessed be He as a general acceptance of the Torah, he is like a servant that follows his master’s will. When a person goes into more in-depth studies and connection to his master he is called a ‘beloved son’ that has permissions to dig out all the secrets of the ‘palace,’ where regular servants don’t have access.
Even if one is on the level of a beloved son, he shouldn’t separate himself from being a servant. He ought to follow the work to honor his father. Everyone should be like a son to have access to the secrets places of the palace and at the same time, be as a servant to his father to connect to his honor.
The more in-depth study of the Torah is the Zohar that reveals the secrets of the ‘palace’ that is the spiritual system that was created for us to ‘dig out’ and reveal secrets. The secrets let us ‘dwell’ in the palace and benefit from all the good it offers.
Following the laws of the Torah without deeper study earns us merits but not like sons of the King that can go anywhere in the palace.