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The question many wonder about is whether these commandments were known prior to this time, especially in light of Genesis 26:5: “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Since Abraham obeyed God’s voice and kept His commandments hundreds of years before Moses, then surely those commandments must have been known before Mount Sinai.
The Bible tells us that sin is breaking God’s law (4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. The Bible refers to sin a number of times before the time of Moses (If you do well, will you not be accepted? And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” ; 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
; etc.), so God’s law must have been revealed, at least to some people.
In fact, the Bible gives evidence that the 10 Commandments were known and were understood as being important.
To remember the Sabbath is to recall something that was established earlier.
Then Moses said, ‘Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it [manna] in the field.
“You shall not murder” is the Sixth Commandment (Exodus ). Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed.
God told Cain he was to rule over and avoid sin, as anger was in Cain’s heart. For in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:5-6).
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, Exodus 20:3-5).