Daily Zohar # 4092 – Vayera – Honor
Daily Zohar 4092
143. וְעֶבֶד אֲדֹנָיו – זֶה אֱלִיעֶזֶר לְאַבְרָהָם, כְּשֶׁשָּׁלַח אוֹתוֹ לְחָרָן וְעָשָׂה כָּל רְצוֹנוֹ שֶׁל אַבְרָהָם וְכִבְּדוֹ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב (בראשית כד) וַה’ בֵּרַךְ אֶת אֲדֹנִי וְגוֹ’, וְכָתוּב (שם) וַיֹּאמַר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנֹכִי, כְּדֵי לְכַבֵּד אֶת אַבְרָהָם.
144. שֶׁהֲרֵי בֶּן אָדָם שֶׁהָיָה מֵבִיא כֶסֶף וְזָהָב וַאֲבָנִים יְקָרוֹת וּגְמַלִּים, וְהוּא כָּרָאוּי, נָאֶה לְמַרְאֶה, לֹא אָמַר שֶׁהוּא אוֹהֵב אַבְרָהָם אוֹ קָרוֹב שֶׁלּוֹ, אֶלָּא אָמַר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנֹכִי, כְּדֵי לְהַעֲלוֹת אֶת שֶׁבַח אַבְרָהָם וּלְכַבְּדוֹ בְּעֵינֵיהֶם.
Continued from previous DZ
He asks, when do we see that Isaac honored his father, and answer, when Abraham bound Isaac on the altar, ready to follow Hashem’s command, Isaac was 37 years old, and his father was 137 years old. Isaac could have kicked his father with one foot and pushed him away, but he honored his father, submitted to his father’s wishes, and allowed him to tie him like a goat on the altar.
The Midrash tells us that Isaac asked his father to make tight knots so his body won’t move when his father used the knife on him.
That was the point when Isaac became the chariot for the Left column, Gevurah.
“And a servant, his master,” this is Eliezer, the servant to Abraham. His master. When he sent Eliezer to Haran, and there he did all Abraham’s will. He honored his master when saying;
“וַיֹּאמַר עֶבֶד אַבְרָהָם אָנֹכִי.”
“וַיהוָה בֵּרַךְ אֶת אֲדֹנִי מְאֹד וַיִּגְדָּל וַיִּתֶּן לוֹ צֹאן וּבָקָר וְכֶסֶף וְזָהָב וַעֲבָדִם וּשְׁפָחֹת וּגְמַלִּים וַחֲמֹרִים.”
“So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.”
“YHVH has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.”
As a man, who brings silver and gold and precious stones, and camels, and in himself is worthy and beautiful in appearance, Eliezer did not say that he is loved or relative to Abraham. He said, “I am Abraham’s servant.” To raise Abraham’s praise and honor him in their eyes.