Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.”
- They actually believed they would readily listen to Moses when their track records proved otherwise.
- They actually thought that Moses had the power to prevent God from speaking directly to the people. [And by the way, this phrase in the verse, “do not let God speak to us” implies that God was speaking to them and they wanted it stopped based on their fear of what might be the outcome. This in turn supports the position that God actually first gave The Ten Commandments to all the Israelites verbally and later to Moses on tablets.]
- The presupposed that death would be the outcome.
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