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 encountering the King of Gerar, Abimelech, along the way. Abraham feared that Abimelech would kill him and take Sarah to be one of his wives because she was very beautiful. So Abraham told him that she was his sister. That was partially true for Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister. Sarah was 90 years old but she couldn’t have looked a day over 30, because this was the second recorded time that Abraham lied about being her husband afraid of being killed.
Thinking Sarah was Abraham’s sister, Abimelech took 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 appeared to Abimelech in a dream, revealed that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and warned him to return her to Abraham or him and all his household would die. When Abimelech shared this dream with his servants, they were filled with fear.
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).” Abimelech 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 that travels in words we speak.
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 as they shared their opinion of what they saw, caused Israel to miss out on God’s plan for them at that time.
If the Spirit of God speaks to you about sin in your life, correct it. Should God appear to you and you need to get something right in your life, do it now. But, 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, 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, surround yourself with people that speak life and faith about things going on around them and FEAR NOT.