One of the more interesting things that I’ve seen as I’m re-reading the Pentateuch is that throughout Exodus to Deuteronomy the Israelites continue to rebel against God and Moses. This leads to conversations between God and Moses where the Lord wants to destroy Israel and Moses is “convincing” the Lord not to do it.
One lecture from the perspective of Jewish history found this particularly intriguing because it seems like Moses is playing the role of God (e.g. in being slower to anger and reminding God of His promises – as if God needed reminding) while God is playing the part of humans (e.g. in that He wants to, albeit justly, punish Israel for their sins).
Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Perhaps this is to say that God is giving us a lesson that we too can be more like Him if only we exercised our will to walk by faith and the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to live by our own human temporal standards and instead think both from generation to generation and eternally.