- Chapter 26—These seem like harsh penalties, but only when taken out of context. God has already done a lot for these people: first he saved their ancestors from dying in a famine by leading them to Egypt, then he saved them from slavery in Egypt through the plagues which eventually required him to kill every firstborn child in Egypt, then he provided miraculous food and water for them in the wilderness. The price of the Israelites freedom was incredibly high- the loss of the firstborn children of Egypt alone is terrible- and therefore God is going to exact a high price from Israel if they turn their back on him after everything he’s done for them.
- 27: 32 – The total number was most likely translated wrong. It is pretty much impossible that there were 603+ thousand men and approximately 2 million people total.