We finish looking at the interesting things in the Exodus. There's a lot more, but we shall be moving on next time.
Now I find this quite a fascinating part of the book! Moses took it on himself to cajole God out of his decision to zap all the “evil” Hebrews. His main argument appears to be mainly a matter of “What will the neighbors think?” That appears to have stopped God in his tracks. The statement Moses made about God’s promise to multiply Abraham’s descendants is a moot point, since Moses was supposed to be a descendant of those guys, and God was all ready to go with him as the new patriarch. Another interesting thing about scene is that it is repeated, word for word, in the book of Numbers!
In the second passage, we see a horrible precedent set. God orders, according to Moses, that those who are true followers should be willing to kill even their own family members in response to sins committed. According to this, those who carried out this slaughter earned the right to be considered ordained ministers, and to be called blessed!