I’ve been reading both books (Exodus and Numbers) and in many instances God is displeased (to say the least) with many of the Israelites for not obeying, and He either smites them down Himself or has the outstanding leaders/authorities execute them. For example, in Numbers 25, God commands that the Israelite leaders hold a public execution and then the judges kill all those who have submitted to Baal. In fact, it says 24,000 were killed. And in the tent Phineas even kills two weeping women.
Question 1) Were the women weeping because they were about to be killed or because they were sorry for their sins?
Question 2) More broadly, based on what God is doing (smiting the sinners), is it assumed that those executed are given a chance to confess and repent and thus earn salvation or is it assumed that because this is still the Old Testament, that once a sin so grave has been committed, that Jewish law has been violated and that their cannot be a chance to obtain God’s mercy? Is it assumed that these people have been given enough chances and were simply never going to ask or seek forgiveness and so all are doomed to perish? I see no verses where they are given chances to repent.