Everyone of them sinned. Everyone of them (israel) deserved to die!
So why did God not kill them all!
The answer is at the end of my post .
Exo 32:27 And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.'”
Exo 32:28 And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell.
The answer…..MERCY
What about the 3000 that where killed?
Well…..I can ask God the creator when I get to heaven, but until then , I’m stuck with his ways are not my ways. But his ways , are always Right.
When we scream at God and say that’s not fair ! Be careful , we don’t want fair, we want mercy.
Mercy is an action , a free action that can not be demanded.
But the promise of God is, if we cry out for mercy , and repent and believe him….he will save you !
Save you from his wrath that he will pour out on all people who refuse to come to him in faith and repentance.
This is a tuff thing to comprehend, but this is truth found in his Holy inspired Word.

We don’t want fair……..we cry out for mercy!