Daily Zohar # 2797 – Vaetchanan – Whips of fire
The precept to be with fear and awe to YHVH is expressed in global and private aspects.
“אֶת שַׁבְּתֹתַי תִּשְׁמֹרוּ וּמִקְדָּשִׁי תִּירָאוּ אֲנִי יְהוָה”
“’You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am YHVH.”
The global aspect is the fear form punishment. Malchut is where we have the freedom to choose between good and bad. The wicked people that don’t follow the Torah are hit with a whip of fire. They are punished/corrected for their ways that go against the spiritual laws of the Torah. The good people are rewarded and earn merits.
The ‘private’ aspect of awe to YHVH is achieved when a person follow the ways of God with love, knowing their benefits, not just because of the fear of punishment.
When we love love YHVH and follow the laws of the Torah we become like servants living in the palace of the king. We are always protected and provided. Outside the palace we are hit with whips of fire.