Furthermore the LORD spoke unto me, saying: 'I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people;When I reed* these lines, what strikes me the harshest is that God has absolutely no qualms about starting over. I guess human beings look at the lives of the two million people He is about to destroy and say - there is value in keeping these people alive - even if they are sinners, perhaps there is still a spark of good in them and their good will overcome their bad. Perhaps their children or their children's children will produce the next Moses or Galileo.
let Me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of thee a nation mightier and greater than they.'(Deut 9:14)
But like a child who destroys the sand castle he spend the whole day working on to rebuild a better one, or like a writer to burns his manuscript, or like an artist who wipes the oil from the canvas, God decides that He can just start over and do as good a job, if not better. The notion of time invested in the current work is absent. The notion of effort is meaningless to God.
In a way, this aspect of God is almost a personification of the Universe. The Universe is indifferent to the lives of human beings. If we were to all perish in a nuclear holocaust tomorrow, the Universe would not weep. Instead, the cockroaches will survive, and perhaps, ten thousand years from now, some mutant shrew will evolve into the next sentient being and build a civilization which will start the next downward spiral toward its own destruction.
*Like George Bernard Shaw and Led Zeppelin, I've decided to drift from 'standard' orthography to make sure people understand my meaning correctly. In this case I want to make sure that people see I am using the present tense and not the past.