Daily Zohar # 3807 – Miketz – How to win over your enemies
Daily Zohar 3807
123. גַּם יְהוֹשָׁפָט מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה כָּךְ הָיָה מְבַקֵּשׁ וְאוֹמֵר, אֵינִי יָכוֹל לִרְדֹּף וְלֹא לַהֲרֹג, אֶלָּא אֲנִי אֲזַמֵּר, וְאַתָּה תַּהֲרֹג אוֹתָם, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁלֹּא הָיָה כָּל כָּךְ מְפַשְׁפֵּשׁ כְּמוֹ אָסָא, וְכָךְ עָשָׂה לוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, שֶׁכָּתוּב (דברי הימים-ב כ) וּבְעֵת הֵחֵלּוּ בְרִנָּה וּתְהִלָּה נָתַן ה’ מְאָרְבִים עַל בְּנֵי עַמּוֹן מוֹאָב וְהַר שֵׂעִיר הַבָּאִים לִיהוּדָה וַיִּנָּגֵפוּ.
Continued from previous DZ
King Asa feared sins he made unknowingly and was searching for them to repent but not as much as King David did. He wanted to go after his enemies, but without getting into battles, letting the Holy One Blessed be He makes the killing. We read that in;
2 Chronicles 14:11
“וַיִּגֹּף יְהוָה אֶת הַכּוּשִׁים לִפְנֵי אָסָא וְלִפְנֵי יְהוּדָה וַיָּנֻסוּ הַכּוּשִׁים.”
“So YHVH struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled.”
2 Chronicles 14:12
“וַיִּרְדְּפֵם אָסָא וְהָעָם אֲשֶׁר עִמּוֹ עַד לִגְרָר וַיִּפֹּל מִכּוּשִׁים לְאֵין לָהֶם מִחְיָה כִּי נִשְׁבְּרוּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָה וְלִפְנֵי מַחֲנֵהוּ וַיִּשְׂאוּ שָׁלָל הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד.”
“And Asa and the people who were with him pursued them to Gerar. So the Ethiopians were overthrown, and they could not recover, for they were broken before the YHVH and His army. And they carried away very much spoil.”
King David chased his enemies and attacked them. King Asa pursued them, and the Holy One Blessed be He struck them.
1 Samuel 30:17
“וַיַּכֵּם דָּוִד מֵהַנֶּשֶׁף וְעַד הָעֶרֶב לְמָחֳרָתָם וְלֹא נִמְלַט מֵהֶם אִישׁ כִּי אִם אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת אִישׁ נַעַר אֲשֶׁר רָכְבוּ עַל הַגְּמַלִּים וַיָּנֻסוּ.”
“Then David attacked them from twilight until the evening of the next day. Not a single one of them escaped, except four hundred young men who rode on camels and fled.”
Yehoshafat, the King of Judah, said that he couldn’t chase his enemies nor kill them, but he could sing praises, and Hashem would kill them. He wasn’t searching for his sins much like King Asa, but he had certainty in the supernal power to do what they can’t do by themselves. King Yehoshafat assigned people to praise Hashem, and the Holy One Blessed be He did as he asked for as we read in 2 Chronicles 20:21,22
“וַיִּוָּעַץ אֶל הָעָם וַיַּעֲמֵד מְשֹׁרֲרִים לַיהוָה וּמְהַלְלִים לְהַדְרַת קֹדֶשׁ בְּצֵאת לִפְנֵי הֶחָלוּץ וְאֹמְרִים הוֹדוּ לַיהוָה כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ.”
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to YHVH, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise Hashem, For His mercy endures forever.”
“וּבְעֵת הֵחֵלּוּ בְרִנָּה וּתְהִלָּה נָתַן יְהוָה מְאָרְבִים עַל בְּנֵי עַמּוֹן מוֹאָב וְהַר שֵׂעִיר הַבָּאִים לִיהוּדָה וַיִּנָּגֵפוּ.”
“Now when they began to sing and to praise, Hashem set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, and they were defeated.”
We learn from the Kings of Israel that we need purity, certainty, and actions on different levels to connect to Hashem and get his support in the fight against our enemies.
The fourth King Hezkiyah that we will study in the next paragraph had the ultimate submission to Hashem and we read about it in 2 Kings chapter 19.