The decision had been made. Written not so much in stone, more like written in sand on a beach subject to some very high tides. And it's long, and parts of it might not seem necessary, and it probably could be shorter, and I could go on about Book Ten making no sense unless the ground work is laid in Book Three.
Have to wonder how Moses and God managed in their powwow. Moses went up to the
mountain and then he came down again with Ten Commandments. That's all we really
know. What happened between them was never recorded. But pretty sure Moses,
being a leader of men, must have had a few suggestions of his own. Either way
Book Three is called "A Derailment."