Genesis 20:8 BBE So Abimelech got up early in the morning and sent for all his servants and gave them word of these things,
and they were full of fear.
Abraham and Sarah traveled down to Gerar and encountered the King of Gerar, Abimelech. Abraham fears that Abimelech will kill him and take Sarah to be one of his wives because of how beautiful she is, so Abraham tells him that she is her sister, which was only a partial truth as Sarah was indeed the half sister of Abraham. Sarah was 90 years old but couldn’t have looked a day over 30, because this was at least the second time that Abraham lied about his true relationship with her (the first time was in Gen 12). He did this because he was afraid of being killed.
Thinking Sarah was just Abraham’s sister, Abimilech takes her to join his haram. But God would not let Abimelech commit adultery and potentially ruin the promise and covenant He made with Abraham. God appears to Abimilech in a dream, reveals the true relationship of Abraham with Sarah and warns him to return her to Abraham or he and all his household would die. When Abimelech shared this dream with his servants fear overtook them.
Now the Lord God appearing to you and telling you that you had better get right or you and all your household will surely die should undoubtedly illicit fear in anyone with half a brain, but here is what I want you to see. This verse tells us of the contagious nature of fear and how fear is spread. “So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid. ( NKJV)” Abimilech told people about his horrible dream. Words are one way that fear is not just conveyed to another person but it can also be imparted. Fear is an airborne virus.
In Numbers 13, when the 12 spies Moses sent out into the promised-land returned, they brought back reports of how amazing and fruitful the land was that it was “truly a land flowing with milk and honey… (Num 13:27).” Unfortunately, they also told the children of Israel that they saw fortified cities, strong peoples, and some giants. They painted a woeful tale of seeing themselves as puny grasshoppers compared to the peoples they saw. The fear that 10 of the 12 spies quickly spread throughout all the peoples of Israel, causing them to miss out on God’s plan for them.
If the Spirit of God begins to speak to you about sin in your life, correct it. Should God appear to you and you need to get something right in your life and you need to do it now, I would hope that would be cause for concern for you. Still, if others come to you with tales of woe full of fear, don’t let them steal God’s promise from you. FEAR NOT! You are a child of God (Rom 8:16). When people come to you full of fear and spouting off about the sky falling, contradicting what the Word of God has said about you. Do not listen to them. Do not allow their fear to take hold of you. Fear is contagious, but so is Faith. So FEAR NOT. Surround yourself with people that speak life and faith about things going on around them and FEAR NOT.