Laws predating the 10 commandments
Jacob and Esau both had dishonored their parents, but Jacob finally did obey. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.’ Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him” (Genesis 4:6-8). After the Flood, people knew that God was against murder and demanded a penalty for it.“Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Padan Aram to take himself a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,’ and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Padan Aram” (Genesis 28:6-7). “From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? So even before they arrived at Mount Sinai, God expected the people to obey His commandments, including the Fourth Commandment.The Fifth Commandment says to “honor your father and your mother” (Exodus ).
“So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them [his children], and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.
; 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.
Interestingly, Israel was reminded to remember the Sabbath even before they came to Mount Sinai. “Then he [Moses] said to them, ‘This is what the LORD has said: “Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD.”’ …
Then Moses said, ‘Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it [manna] in the field.Many people are aware that God gave the 10 Commandments to the nation of Israel from Mount Sinai, as recorded in Exodus 20:1-17.