G-d is Merciful and is waiting for the Tzaddik to allow him to forgive everyoneNo need to spend 40 years and everyone dies in the desert.
No need to stone the poor fellow that collected wood on Shabbas.
I know this because it is no coincidence that G-d chose to reveal how to atone
for a collective sin or an individual sin through a specific sacrifice.
The Lord decided to reveal this precisely here where he suggests
unusually harsh judgments.
Obviously he was hoping we would use the technique he had just revealed to us.
We did the opposite in both cases!
As I look at the harshness of the events befalling me in my life,
I can't help but wonder...am I also ignoring an opportunity for pardon?