Fear is a powerful emotion. It can motivate us to do crazy things, both good and bad. A healthy fear of God will prompt us to revere Him and give Him the respect and honor due His holy name. However, fear of man can lead us to do things or make decisions we never would have made and are not always the wisest.
Before we dive into the book of Exodus, it would be beneficial for us to learn a bit of the historical background and context in which this story takes place. The people of Israel originated as a family from the Mesopotamian region. So how did they end up in Egypt? In order to answer that question, we must go back a few hundred years into Genesis, to the story of a man named Abraham.