Daily Zohar # 4405 – Toldot – Trust and certainty
Daily Zohar 4405
Continued from previous DZ
The story of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah can explain the aspect of trust (בִּטָחוֹן). The three refused the command of Babel’s King to bow to his idol. They had complete certainty in Hashem and said,
“הֵן אִיתַי אֱלָהַנָא דִּי אֲנַחְנָא פָלְחִין יָכִל לְשֵׁיזָבוּתַנָא מִן אַתּוּן נוּרָא יָקִדְתָּא וּמִן יְדָךְ מַלְכָּא יְשֵׁיזִב.”
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.”
If the Holy One, Blessed be He, does not save them and does not stand by them, it would appear that His name would not be sanctified in the eyes of all, as they said. However, realizing that they did not speak appropriately, they changed their statement and said,
“וְהֵן לָא יְדִיעַ לֶהֱוֵא לָךְ מַלְכָּא דִּי לֵאלָהָיִךְ לָא איתינא [אִיתַנָא] פָלְחִין וּלְצֶלֶם דַּהֲבָא דִּי הֲקֵימְתָּ לָא נִסְגֻּד.”
“But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
We learned that the prophet Ezekiel informed them that there is no promise that the Holy One, Blessed be He, would stand by them or receive a reward, so they changed their statement and said, “But if not, be it known to you…”
Even with complete certainty, we should not expect Hashem to be on our side and make miracles for us.
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah chose to do the right thing and expressed their certainty in their faith in Hashem. They were ready to die for that. At the end of the story, they were saved. The Talmud tells us that when they were surrounded by fire, they recited Psalm 115.
Following the righteous ways of the Torah without expecting rewards is a higher level of connection. We give Tzedakah without asking Hashem for a ‘reward’. But we should have the certainty that Hashem rewards us on every action, in this world or in the world to come.
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