I AM YOUR GOD! Before you, I have the Torah. "If you accept the Torah, excellent, and if not, there will be your burial"(Shabbat 88a).
What if we don't want Your Torah??? NO MEANS NO! You can't make us do anything.
Morgan Friedman: "The Jewish people can claim that they were coerced into accepting the Torah" (Shabbat 88a)
OH NOOOOOOOO! WE DON'T WANT TO DIE! We shall accept the Torah because we simply have no choice.
That was not very fair God. The nation fears you now.
I simply had no choice but to instill fear in them. If they fear me, their God, they WILL follow my rules as I want them to. I must remain the alpha, for if I don't they will worship other gods. Is it better to be feared or respected? Well I say, why can't I be both? The purpose of the Torah is to bea set of guidelines. These guidelines need to be enforced. If getting the nation to fear me is the only way to get them to follow the rules in the Torah, then so be it.