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The Law BEFORE Moses and Mt Sinai

By Craig M White 

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Ten commandments

“The Ten Commandments were first made known to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Why? Because that is the very law that he broke in the "original" sin. Every one of the Ten Commandments was then in full force and effect. It was sin to transgress any one of them between the time of Adam and Moses. You can read this in your own Bible.” (Herbert W Armstrong, Were the Ten Commandments in Force Before Moses?) 

 

God’s Way of Life leading to the gift of eternal life includes a number of instructions or principles that includes the Commandments, developing the fruit of the spirit, beatitudes and such like. In other words, adopting the Way that is exemplified by the two trees: one is the tree of knowledge of good and evil leading to eternal death and the other the tree of life leading to eternal life.

This chart is based on Bible study notes dating back to 1981 titled God’s Laws and Spiritual Requirements in Force Before Mount Sinai! It proved to be one of the most interesting studies I have undertaken and was influenced by an article reprint I read by Herbert W Armstrong “Were the Ten Commandments in Force Before Moses?” Plain Truth, May 1956 wherein he stated:

“Every one of the Ten Commandments was in existence during the time of Adam. It was sin to break any one of them prior to the time of the law of Moses. The law of Moses, we know, didn't come until the time of Moses — 430 years after the time of Abraham. But the spiritual law has been in existence from Adam! … There it is. Every one of the Ten Commandments was in existence from creation. It was sin to break any of them between the time of Adam and Moses. What are you going to do about it?” (pp, 18, 22).

I resolved to investigate this further and to ascertain whether other commandments and biblical requirements were also referenced prior to Moses, in the book of Genesis. I picked up some clues here and there regarding tithing and clean/unclean meats, but my personal study proved very fruitful and demonstrated to me how consistent God is throughout His Word. This chart is the result of this study.

God’s Eternal and Consistent Way of Life

It is God Himself Who defines sin – one can find these definitions in Rom 5:12, 14; IJohn3:4; IIJohn 6; Rom 13:10; 7:6-8; 3:20-22; ICor 15:56. In effect it is falling short of the holiness and glory of God because the law and Biblical standards/requirements personify God and character - His way of love (IJohn 4:8).

Hos 6:7 and 8:1 appears to indicate that the Laws were given since Adam.1 As the Church of God and others have explained for a very long time, God is love which includes the structure of the Law and the development of the fruit of the spirit, the beatitudes and outgoing concern for others (which of its nature means having feelings and empathy for others) and so forth. In other words His way of life to develop holy, righteous character – to become like God.

And what is this way of life in summary but “to do well” vs “do not do well” (Gen 4:7).

God’s Way of Life leading to the gift of eternal life includes a number of instructions or principles that includes the Commandments, developing the fruit of the spirit, beatitudes and such like. In other words, adopting the Way that is exemplified by the two trees: one is the tree of knowledge of good and evil leading to eternal death and the other the tree of life leading to eternal life.

This chart is based on Bible study notes dating back to 1981 titled God’s Laws and Spiritual Requirements in Force Before Mount Sinai! It proved to be one of the most interesting studies I have undertaken and was influenced by an article reprint I read by Herbert W Armstrong “Were the Ten Commandments in Force Before Moses?” Plain Truth, May 1956 wherein he stated:

“Every one of the Ten Commandments was in existence during the time of Adam. It was sin to break any one of them prior to the time of the law of Moses. The law of Moses, we know, didn't come until the time of Moses — 430 years after the time of Abraham. But the spiritual law has been in existence from Adam! … There it is. Every one of the Ten Commandments was in existence from creation. It was sin to break any of them between the time of Adam and Moses. What are you going to do about it?” (pp, 18, 22).

I resolved to investigate this further and to ascertain whether other commandments and biblical requirements were also referenced prior to Moses, in the book of Genesis. I picked up some clues here and there regarding tithing and clean/unclean meats, but my personal study proved very fruitful and demonstrated to me how consistent God is throughout His Word. This chart is the result of this study.

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