Daily Zohar # 3610 – Tzav – And fire came out from before YHVH
132. וּכְשֶׁיִּשְׂרָאֵל לֹא נִמְצְאוּ צַדִּיקִים, אוֹ שֶׁאוֹתוֹ מַקְרִיב הַקָּרְבָּן לֹא הִקְרִיב כָּרָאוּי וְלֹא הִתְקַבֵּל קָרְבָּנוֹ, הָיוּ רוֹאִים שֶׁהֶעָשָׁן לֹא עוֹלֶה בְדֶרֶךְ יְשָׁרָה, וְהָיְתָה עוֹמֶדֶת רוּחַ אַחַת מִנֶּקֶב הַצָּפוֹן וְנִכְנֶסֶת לַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וְהָיוּ רוֹאִים דְּיוֹקָן שֶׁל כֶּלֶב אֶחָד חָצוּף רוֹבֵץ עַל הַקָּרְבָּן, וְאָז הָיוּ יוֹדְעִים שֶׁלֹּא הִתְקַבֵּל בְּרָצוֹן אוֹתוֹ הַקָּרְבָּן.
133. לְמֶלֶךְ שֶׁשָּׁלְחוּ לוֹ דּוֹרוֹן, רָאָה אוֹתוֹ הַמֶּלֶךְ שֶׁאֵינוֹ כְדַאי לְקָרְבוֹ לְפָנָיו. אָמַר הַמֶּלֶךְ, סַלְּקוּ אֶת אוֹתוֹ הַדּוֹרוֹן וּתְנוּ אוֹתוֹ לַכֶּלֶב, שֶׁאֵינוֹ כְדַאי לְהִכָּנֵס לְפָנַי. כָּךְ בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁנִּקְרַב הַקָּרְבָּן וְלֹא הִתְקַבֵּל בְּרָצוֹן, הַדּוֹרוֹן נִמְסַר לַכֶּלֶב, וּמִשּׁוּם כָּךְ הָיוּ רוֹאִים אֶת דְּיוֹקַן הַכֶּלֶב עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ.
“וַתֵּצֵא אֵשׁ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה וַתֹּאכַל עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ אֶת הָעֹלָה וְאֶת הַחֲלָבִים וַיַּרְא כָּל הָעָם וַיָּרֹנּוּ וַיִּפְּלוּ עַל פְּנֵיהֶם.”
“and fire came out from before YHVH and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.”
The fire referred to in this verse is the angel Uriel that comes down to the altar to receive the gift that is the sacrifice. He comes with a strong fire flame that has the appearance of a great lion crouching on the sacrifice.
And when Israel was not found righteous, or the sacrifice was not sacrificed properly and the sacrifice was not accepted, they would see that the smoke from the altar did not rise up in a straight column. A wind would come from the Klipot of the north to rest on the sacrifice that is on the Altar in the shape of a brazen dog. Then everyone knew that the sacrifice was not accepted.
It is like a gift that was sent to the King but he asks to remove it and give it to the dog because he saw that it is not worthy to come before him.
When an improper sacrifice is brought on the Altar, it is rejected and given to the dog. That is why a shape of a dog is seen on the altar.
The smoke of the Ketoret in the Holy Temple was rising up to the heavens in a straight column even on a windy day. Similarly, the smoke from the burnt sacrifice would go straight up if it was accepted and pleased Hashem. If it was a bad sacrifice then the forces of this world would take control over it.
Our prayers and ‘sacrifices’ should be from the heart so it would create a ‘straight’ connection to the Holy King to accept our prayers.
A pure connection creates a pure channel of light that is above the influence of natural forces.
It is good to know that the prayers that reached the gate of prayers but not accepted, can get in when we have a pure prayer that opens the gate and pulls the other prayers behind it.
Keep praying and always have the YHVH name in your mind and consciousness so even if the prayer is not perfect, it would not be lost.