Moses and Aaron had just finished speaking. Most of the Israelites believed these things. Some shook their heads in doubt. There were a few who felt that Moses and Aaron were trying to push themselves into being Israelite leaders. It was from these that shouts of protest came. It's easy for you to say that God sent you!" one of them yelled. "But can you prove it?" "We want to get out of Egypt!" another shouted, "but we want to choose our own leaders - not just anyone who comes along!" Encouraged by those who spoke out, other doubters began to voice their opinions, whereupon Aaron held up his arms and called for silence.
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