Daily Zohar # 4046 – Balak – How to tell the future
Daily Zohar 4046
453. וַיַּעֲלֵהוּ בָּמוֹת בָּעַל. מַה זֶּה וַיַּעֲלֵהוּ בָּמוֹת בָּעַל? אֶלָּא הִשְׁגִּיחַ בִּכְשָׁפָיו בְּאֵיזֶה צַד יֶאֱחֹז בָּהֶם, וּמָצָא שֶׁעֲתִידִים יִשְׂרָאֵל לַעֲשׂוֹת בָּמוֹת וְלַעֲבֹד לַבַּעַל, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב, וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרֵי הַבַּעַל. וַיַּרְא מִשָּׁם קְצֵה הָעָם, רָאָה אֶת גְּדוֹלֵי הָעָם וּמַלְכָּם שֶׁעוֹבְדִים לוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (מלכים-א יח) וַיִּקְרְאוּ בְשֵׁם הַבַּעַל, וְכָתוּב (שם) אִם ה’ הָאֱלֹהִים וְגוֹ’. כֵּיוָן שֶׁרָאָה בִלְעָם שֶׁעֲתִידִים יִשְׂרָאֵל לָזֶה, מִיָּד – וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם אֶל בָּלָק בְּנֵה לִי בָזֶה שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחֹת.
454. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי וְרַבִּי יְהוּדָה. אֶחָד אָמַר, כְּנֶגֶד מִזְבְּחוֹת שֶׁל הָרִאשׁוֹנִים הִקְרִיב אוֹתָם שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחוֹת. וְאֶחָד אָמַר, בְּחָכְמָה עָשָׂה הַכֹּל, וּמָצָא שֶׁחֵלֶק יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּשֶׁבַע דְּרָגוֹת נִקְשְׁרוּ. וּמִשּׁוּם זֶה סִדֵּר שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחוֹת.
Continued from previous DZ
“וַיְהִי בַבֹּקֶר וַיִּקַּח בָּלָק אֶת בִּלְעָם וַיַּעֲלֵהוּ בָּמוֹת בָּעַל וַיַּרְא מִשָּׁם קְצֵה הָעָם.”
“So it was, the next day, that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people.”
Rabbi Yitzchak said Balak was wiser in sorcery than Balaam, except that he did not know how to tell the time to curse like Balaam. Because of this, Balak invited Balaam to support his plan to destroy Israel.
What does it mean “and brought him up to the high places of Baal”? He replies that he looked with his sorcery at which side he could get Israel and found that Israel were going to make altars and worship the Baal, as it is written;
1 Kings 18:26
“וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת הַפָּר אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לָהֶם וַיַּעֲשׂוּ וַיִּקְרְאוּ בְשֵׁם הַבַּעַל מֵהַבֹּקֶר וְעַד הַצָּהֳרַיִם לֵאמֹר הַבַּעַל עֲנֵנוּ וְאֵין קוֹל וְאֵין עֹנֶה וַיְפַסְּחוּ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה.”
“So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.”
He saw that the people, their leaders, and the king would serve the Baal. After he saw that, he asked Balak to build him seven altars.
“וַיֹּאמֶר בִּלְעָם אֶל בָּלָק בְּנֵה לִי בָזֶה שִׁבְעָה מִזְבְּחֹת וְהָכֵן לִי בָּזֶה שִׁבְעָה פָרִים וְשִׁבְעָה אֵילִים.”
“Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”
Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Yehuda discuss this verse and one said that Balaam brought sacrifices for seven altars against the seven altars that the first ones made. The other rabbi said that Balaam did everything wisely because he found that Israel were connected to the seven sefirot, Chessed, through Malchut, and for that reason, he said, I will arrange seven altars.
Balaam saw that Israel would worship Baal in the future, but he didn’t see a complete picture because the other side couldn’t see the impact of the Light in the future. Even though the future Balaam saw was correct, but he didn’t see that end result of that event described in 1 Kings 22 above. Elijah, the prophet, killed the prophets of Baal.
In a similar way, Haman found a weakness related to the Jews and acted upon that. He didn’t see that the Jews could draw the Light that destroyed him and his negative side.
When we are at the side of the Light with certainty, we should have no fear because protection is on our side, and the future will always be bright.