God as frustrated parentDon't you know how God felt when he said this?:
18 "Tell the people: 'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, "If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!" Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20 but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the LORD, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, "Why did we ever leave Egypt?" ' "
Of course, then it ended up with a plague, so they didn't get to suffer those consequences. One of the most difficult and important parenting tasks for me is to stick with what I SAID I was going to do if he doesn't X or if he keeps on doing X. It's a good thing I don't have a plague in my bag of tricks.
...And moving on to "Offerings for Unintentional Sins," I wonder how they were going to know if they committed one of the sins unintentionally. What if they never realized it?
22 " 'Now if you unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the LORD gave Moses- 23 any of the LORD's commands to you through him, from the day the LORD gave them and continuing through the generations to come- 24 and if this is done unintentionally without the community being aware of it, then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offering as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, along with its prescribed grain offering and drink offering, and a male goat for a sin offering."