Some things just stand out more after reading them again, a few times.
In Exodus 23, the laws of the covenant are being put down. One of these is in verse 2:
2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd
Isn’t this exactly what happened to Jesus in Matthew 27 when Pilate asked the people if they would prefer him to release Barabbas or Jesus and the chief priests stirred up the crowd, encouraging them to call for Barabbas?
Ironic given the stringent legalism of the priests.