Did the Nations that came from Noah’s descendants have knowledge of the Law of God?
By Peter Salemi
After Adam sinned, would God have left Adam and his children with no guidance and instruction? Would he have left mankind to figure things out on their own-to the point where eventually, without any guidance whatsoever from God himself, would have destroyed themselves in just a few short generations?
No! God is a God of Love, “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). Jesus said, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
“Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:9-11). God is our father we are his children; do people actually think God would give us this great gift called “Life” and leave us without any guidance? Would you do that to your children being sinful? No! God is good and perfect and yet people in the Christian world actually think he would do that mankind!
God’s Law from the Beginning
The “Law of the Lord is Perfect” (19:7) the Psalmist said. This law is forever, “all his commandments are sure…They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” (111:7-8); this is how God governs heaven and the earth, “The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.” (103:19).
Can there be government without law? No! In God’s Kingdom, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:17). God’s law IS righteousness (Psalm 119:172; see also Matthew 6:33). This source states, “Intelligent human beings cannot live together in peace without mutually accepted law. Belief in, and united, practice of good laws are the foundation of human society, the warp and woof of a happy and orderly society. If every man did as he pleased without respect to law, what would happen to peace, to morality, to public safety and decency?” (Article: The Eternal Law of God, p.1).
When Adam sinned and was cut off from the Garden of Eden, God was not going to leave his children without instruction. In fact he was teaching them about his laws even in the Garden of Eden! God told Adam, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:28). Already God was grooming Adam to govern the earth to have “dominion” over the creation. To do that one must get instruction. God was there to give it to him.
God told him what was good to eat (Gen 1:29-30; 2:16-17).
God gave Adam his day of Rest, the Sabbath and the knowledge of the weekly and monthly cycles. (Gen 1:14; 2:2-3; Ex 20:11; Mark 2:27).
God told Adam to “dress it and to keep” the garden (Gen 2:15).
God gives instructions on Marriage, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen 2:24).
So before the fall, God was readily instructing our first parents how to live what to eat, when to rest etc.…
After the fall, when they fell into temptation and broke all 10 commandments as James points out, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (2:10); God was not going to leave Adam without further instruction.
After the Fall
More instruction was given to Adam and Eve as things have now taken a turn for the worst in the world. Sin was now in the world and God shows them how to deal with it. In Genesis 3:21 God, “make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Not only is this an instruction on how to clothe mankind. But also, “This implies the institution of animal sacrifice, which was undoubtedly of divine appointment, and instruction in the only acceptable mode of worship for sinful creatures, through faith in a Redeemer (Heb 9:22).” (Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary).
Clarke’s commentary also states, “It is very likely that the skins out of which their clothing was made were taken off animals whose blood had been poured out as a sin-offering to God; for as we find Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God, [see Genesis 4:2-5] we may fairly presume that God had given them instructions on this head; nor is it likely that the notion of a sacrifice could have ever occurred to the mind of man without an express revelation from God. Hence we may safely infer, 1. That as Adam and Eve needed this clothing as soon as they fell, and death had not as yet made any ravages in the animal world, it is most likely that the skins were taken off victims offered under the direction of God himself, and in faith of Him who, in the fullness of time, was to make an atonement by his death.” (Emphasis added). So the sacrificial law was instituted by God himself to man on how to deal with sin.
God told Cain, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” (Gen 4:7). What is sin? “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4). So doing “well” is doing “That which is right in the sight of God, shalt thou not be accepted?” (Clarke’s Commentary); and doing what is right is God’s Law (Deut 13:18). The Law was known during this time, and God said to do what is right or “sin lieth at the door.” We have a choice! Cain made his and “slew his brother” and broke the law that says “you shall not kill.”
As time went on, we see in Genesis the continuing apostasy of man from God. In Genesis 4:23-24 we see men boasting, “And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt…If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.” mocking the judgment of God on Cain.
But also during that time, “then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.” (v.26). To call upon the name of the lord means “ ‘The expression is elsewhere used to denote all the appropriate acts and exercises of the stated worship of God—Gen 12:8; Gen 13:4; Gen 21:33; 1Ch 16:8; Psa 105:1’” (Pulpit Commentary). As we look at other scriptures and the situation of sin starting to infect society; when it says that men “began” to call upon God-yes it does mean they worshipped and obeyed him during those times (which Adam and Eve and others were already doing) but a new requirement was added because sin was infecting the pre-flood world at that time which is what is really being expressed here; this was the first time they “began” to “now preached openly” (Paul Kretzmann Popular Commentary), about God and him wanting man to repent, as other scriptures say, “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.” (Psalm 105:1). This is what men “began” to do as populations increased and sinned; the men who worshipped God began to preach repentance and righteousness-to stop sinning and keep the laws of God!
We see Enoch “walked with God” (Gen 5:22). This means, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Enoch kept the law of God filled with the holy Spirit and was led by the spirit of God (Rom 8:14). And he “had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Heb 11:5). What was he doing? He was preaching repentance and righteousness to the masses to keep God’s law before God removed him because that sinful population wanted to kill him.
In Genesis 5:28 “Lamech” Noah’s father says about Noah, “saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.” (v.29). their “work” was preserving the knowledge of God and the history of mankind, the book we call Genesis today! (for more details read out article Who wrote the book of Genesis?). So right up to the time of Noah men were keeping the laws of God worshipping him and preaching righteousness and repentance to all mankind.
In Noah’s time God saw “that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (6:5). God looked and saw the total disregard for him and his laws and they continually chose evil over good.
But notice, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD….Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Gen 6:8, 9). Noah found grace in God’s eyes, or “for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” (Gen 7:1). Noah was righteous-he was keeping the law of God, “for all thy commandments are righteousness.” (Psalm 119:172). Because Noah was righteous God was “gracious” “merciful” to him as he promises, “And shewing mercy [chêsêd “Kindness, favor,” Strong’s #2617] unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Ex 20:6). Noah found “grace” (“kindness, favor” Strong’s #2580) in God’s eyes and chose him to save mankind from the flood.
During this time, the Apostle Peter called Noah, “a preacher of Righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5); doing what his ancestors did “calling upon the name of the Lord” worshipping God and preaching repentance and righteousness to a sin sick world! Noah preached the obedience to the laws of God that the populations of the pre-flood world had abandoned; and “when the transgressors are come to the full” (Dan 8:23); “...GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Gen 6:5) God had to judge and sentence man to death because of their crimes and deeds.
God’s Laws known in Noah’s day:
Noah knew of the “covenant” God made with his ancestors and God was going to establish it with him also (Gen 6:18). (All Covenants are the same covenant, just different signs and symbols are emphasized; Read our booklet The Saving Works of God for details).
Noah knew of clean and unclean meats (Gen 7:2, 8; 8:20)
Noah had knowledge of the weekly cycle (Gen 7:4; 8:10, 12) and therefore knew of the Sabbath and kept it. “All the special communications which man held with his Creator in the first ages of the world were probably made upon the Sabbath, or weekly day of holiness, and therefore this command to Noah was given on the Sabbath day….[Gen 8:12] a strong presumptive proof that Noah observed the Sabbath during his residence in the ark.” (Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary, emphasis added). The only knowledge of the weekly cycle is what Adam learned from God in the Garden of Eden; it is only logical to conclude that they kept the Sabbath day.
Noah had knowledge of the sacrificial law and offered burnt offerings to God (Gen 8:20, 21).
God then “Blessed Noah and his sons” why? As Jesus said, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). This is exactly what Noah and his sons did! They were blessed for obeying God and his law and now they rule the earth.
In Chapter 9, God begins to re-establish his Covenant with Noah and started to re-establish his law on the earth once again.
God told Noah, “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” (Gen 9:4). Of course we find this later in Moses time, “This injunction was re-enacted by the Mosaic Law, which forbade the eating of blood (Lev 3:17; Lev 7:20; Lev 19:25; Deut 12:16)” (Ibid).
God brings into effect again the “eye for an eye” law (Gen 9:6; Ex 21:24).
God then established his “everlasting covenant” (v.16) with Noah and with his “seed after you” (v.9) and all flesh, and promises not to destroy with flood waters any longer. Of course most of the earth’s population abandoned God’s laws (see below). The faithful followers in the line of Shem preserved the knowledge of God (see Gen 9:26; 11:10-32).
After the flood, Noah’s son who “saw the nakedness of his father,” This is also revealed later in the days of Moses as breaking the law of God (Lev 18:6, Lev 18:7). Then Noah curses Canaan for this sin (v.25), so the knowledge of what was sin and righteousness was known among the post-flood world. Noah being a “preacher of righteousness,” taught the law to his sons as we see it in the curse of Canaan. Sin leads to curses, righteousness leads to blessings (Gen 9:1). The sons of Noah knew this, but again, as the populations grew and spread and the people got farther and farther away from the centre of knowledge eventually mankind began to rebel against God.
The Post-Flood World
After the flood, mankind began to become bold and rebellious towards the creator God. They built a tower and said, “…Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (Gen 11:4). The people of the post-flood world were united in their cause (Gen 11:1, 6), to build a tower to reach heaven and “make us a name” meaning, they wanted to established authority of their own, and rule without the laws of God. Unger’s Bible Handbook writes, “…this is not hyperbole…[but] rebellion against God. Self-glory, instead of God’s Glory, and man-made unity to replace the unity forfeited by abandoning the fear of God were evidenced” (p.57). This tower was a rallying point so no matter where a group, tribe or person was, they could see the tower and rejoin the rest of mankind- defying what God wanted which was to “replenish the earth” (Gen 9:1).
Priesthood of Melchizedek
So time went on, mankind was scattered by God because of their sin (Gen 11:5-8). The knowledge of God was also preserved during this time since the flood by Melchizedek the high Priest to the Most High God who offered sacrifices and preached the law of God during this whole time to the populations of the earth. (Gen 14:18). Noah taught and preached to his children the laws of God, but again as the population increased and of course sinned, they lost the knowledge of God seeking their own wisdom and religion (see Romans 1:21-22). However, God provided a priest for those who wished to continue to obey him and keep his laws. Why do you think Abraham went to him and tithed to him? (Heb 7:2). We know through scripture that this Priest was in actual fact, Jesus Christ the “King of Salem” ‘King of Peace” “King of Righteousness” Who, “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” (Heb 7:3).
God the Father sent Christ down to provide a Priesthood for the children of men so they can offer sacrifices for their sins and learn the ways of God. Why did Abraham honor and give him tithes unless he knew already that Melchizedek was God’s priest and the centre of knowledge of the laws of God which Abraham obeyed, knew and understood? (see Gen 26:5).
Roberts’ writes of Melchizedek, “After this scattering [of the tower of Babel], the activity of divine law becomes luminously visible in the office of ‘Melchizedek, priest of the Most High God…We know very little as to the details of his position, his origin or his work: but there he stands before us, in the centre of human life as it was in those days, representing the claims of divine law among the descendants of Noah, who though far declined from the standard of Noah’s righteousness, had years to run before the cup of their iniquity (in the case of the Amorites) was considered ‘full’ (Gen 15:16).” (The Law of Moses p.9, emphasis added).
Gentile Nations Obeyed God
Other nations and individuals in Genesis understood and obey the laws of God. Roberts states, “We must not imagine that the world was without law from God in the times before the Law of Moses. There is the clearest evidence that law, commandment and statute were in force, and that men were righteous or wicked according to their attitude towards these during that time.” (ibid, p. 8, emphasis added).
Abraham-God said to Isaac, he “kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws” (Gen 26:5 5), which was centuries before the giving of the law at Sinai.
So, of Abraham's contemporaries, in the case of the Sodomites, that “they were sinners before the Lord exceedingly” (Gen 13:13). The abstract possibility of finding righteous men in Sodom was admitted in the Lord’s response to Abraham’s question: “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes” (Gen 18:26). The knowledge of the laws of God were known among Abraham’s contemporaries but largely ignored in Sodom.
Lot told the people of Sodom, “And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.” (Gen 19:7). He knew the law of God dwelling with Abraham (Gen 12:5) who kept the laws of God (Gen 26:5). And the Apostle Peter called him “righteous Lot,” (2 Peter 2:7 AFV; EMTV; ESV; GDBY; MOFFATT; LITV; LEB; YLT)
When Abraham travelled in Gerar and Abimelech the King said to God, “Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?” (Gen 20:4). Here is a nation obeying the laws of God. How could they unless God established a centre where his laws were preached and established? This shows that Melchizedek’s Priesthood was the place where this was being done!
Abimelech was told by God that he was going to commit adultery, “Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.” (Gen 20:3). When he confronted Abraham asked him, “What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done….What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? (v.10). and Abraham answered, “Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.” (v.11). Sin being the transgression of the law was known and feared by the people of Gerar. The Bible also reveals according to Abraham’s words that there were other places that Abraham visited where there was the “fear of God” where he felt safe.
Also, when, “Abraham , Isaac, and Jacob came in contact during their sojourn in the land, such as Abimelech, King of Gerar (Gen 20:4), Eliezer of Damascus, Abraham's eldest servant (Gen 24:35 ), Laban and Bethuel ( 24:50), Ahuzzah, one of Abimelech’s courtiers, and Phicol, captain of his army (26:28)” we see “lingering traces of the knowledge of God (though mixed with superstition)” (Law of Moses, p.11, by Robert Roberts, emphasis added).
In fact, “There were everywhere the perverted remnants and dying memories of the law of God which had come through Noah from previous times. The very idolatries and ritualism’s and sacrifices of the Egyptians, Hittites, and other nations were vestiges of the divine ‘way’ which had again become corrupted in all the earth. Religion had degenerated from a thing of enlightenment and obedience to a system of tradition and slavish compliance” (ibid, p.11, emphasis added).
Clearly the gentile nations knew of the law of God; the law was meant for all mankind, not just for the Jews. Now mankind was sliding back into apostasy and this is where Abraham fits in.
The Calling of Abraham
During the days of Abraham the nations that came from Noah and his sons began to move away from the centre of knowledge and the priesthood of Melchizedek. The Apostle Paul comments about this, speaking of all mankind, “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” (Rom 1:18) saying, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.” (Rom 1:21-23). As we seen in the tower of Babel they wanted to rule without God they were “professing themselves to be wise” and so God scattered them all over the earth.
So during this time of apostasy God called Abraham. God called him to separate himself from his family (Gen 12:1) and make him “a great nation.” (12:2); and through him and his nation “all families of the earth be blessed.” (12:3).
God decided to have a nation in the midst of the nations as a “light to the gentiles” (Isaiah 49:6). Roberts writes, “When we come to the case of Abraham, we do not come to the introduction of a new principle, but to the beginning of a new form of the same principle…He was the root from which faith and obedience expanded into a national form…the law was operative towards the race generally before his time. The reason of a new start in him appears to have been that the procedure employed when mankind were few in number, and comparatively tractable, was no longer suitable when they were developing in extensive populations on all hands, and sinking slowly into a state like that which prevailed before the flood. The altering circumstances required the creation of a national kernel or basis of divine operations in order that God’s ultimate purpose to bring the human race into reconciliation with himself might be accomplished. This gradual transition from a general to a national administration of divine law-this narrowing of already active divine operations with the descendants of Noah to relations with a particular family organised into a nation-enables us to understand the apparently anomalous circumstance that there were ‘commandments, and statutes, and laws’ before the law of Moses (Gen 26:5), and that there were ‘priests that came near to the Lord’ before the consecration of Aaron or the separation of the tribe of Levi (Exodus 19:22). Divine law and priesthood were in fact as old as Eden. They came into operation immediately after Adam’s expulsion on account of disobedience; but in a form suited to the extremely limited circumstances of human life when Adam's family circle for centuries formed the only population of the earth.” (ibid, pp.9-10, emphasis added).
God established a nation through Abraham’s seed so they can be the place where all humans can come and see the example of worship and obedience to God; and that they would be blessed through the laws God established through Abraham’s children.
When Iniquity is full
God was to establish that nation “in the fourth generation” (Gen 15:16). At that time Israel was to be, “kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” (Ex 19:6). Notice that God was to establish this nation in the fourth generation because “for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” (Gen 15:16). Gill’s Commentary writes, “wicked people have a measure of iniquity to fill up, which is known of God; some are longer, some are quicker in filling it up, during which time God waits patiently and bears with them; but, when it is completed, he stays no longer, but takes vengeance on them, Mat 23:32.” (Emphasis added). The same will happen in the end time as well, as Daniel prophesied, “…when the transgressors are come to the full,” (Dan 8:23).
Now the name “Amorite” means, “…the name of the most powerful tribe of the Canaanites, is used here as the common name of all the inhabitants of Canaan, just as in Josh 24:15 (cf. Gen 10:5), Jdg 6:10, etc.).” (Emphasis added). This includes the nation of Gerar that was “righteous” before God. This is why the Canaanites nations “iniquity” was not quite “full.” The nation of Gerar was still obedient to God but were slowly sliding into idolatry and wickedness.
The priesthood of Melchizedek which served the descendants of Noah was now going to turn his attention to Israel since the nations of Noah; their “iniquity” was “full.” Melchizedek would become their high priest, and Israel to be a “kingdom of priests” under his high priesthood. Of course when Israel sinned they were disqualified from being priests and the Levities who did not sin were granted the office of priesthood till the “seed should come” and then it would be transferred back to Jesus Christ. (Read our article The Promise to the Levites for further details).
At this point when the iniquity of the world was full, steeped in utter spiritual darkness and wickedness, the Israelite nation was called to be the light, the beacon of good and righteousness. It was at this time of the Exodus that the Psalmist said, “He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel….He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm 147:19-20). Yes God called out only one nation to be a “light to the gentiles” and that was Abraham’s seed-Israel, “Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth:” (Amos 3:1-2)
As a NATION God “sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel” God did not write down his word and laws to any other nation. God formed Israel as a nation and they needed laws written down to govern. God only dealt with Israel in this way; God wrote the Ten Commandments with his own finger (Ex 31:18).
Also, God did not marry any other nation but Israel, “I was an husband unto them” (Jer 31:32). He entered into a national marriage covenant with Israel, revealing his word and commandments to them saying that if they obeyed him, and be his wife, he would be their provider, protector and be blessed above all, and Israel, “...answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do” (Ex 19:8); God has never done this with any other people therefore, “He hath not dealt so with any nation.” (Psalm 147:20)
The source writes, “The same reference to God’s ‘statutes and judgments’ occurs in the parallel history, Neh 9:13-14; Neh 10:29 - the distinguishing glory of Israel. The revelation of God to her at Sinai raised her above all peoples as the only one who knew the will of the one true God. (Deut 33:2-4; Deut 4:32-34; Rom 3:1-2).” (Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary). However, Nehemiah also mentions in chapter 9:15, “And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promised them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them” This was the time when God rained manna down from heaven and told them HOW to keep the Sabbath (Ex 16:23-30) before Sinai. Nehemiah is speaking of the whole experience of the Exodus not just Sinai in Exodus 20.
Nehemiah says the Sabbath and his laws was “made known” to them-yes! That does not imply that it came into existence at the time of Sinai. Even history shows that “An observance of the Sabbath was perhaps common among Semitic races. It was certainly kept in Assyria.” (Cambridge Bible). And clearly the Sabbath and other laws of God were known before Sinai (see Gen 2:2-3; Gen 26:5; Mark 2:27; Ex 16:23-30). But, just like anyone who is called of God, (like Noah, Abraham, Enoch etc.) when something is revealed to them it doesn’t mean that it did not exist before the revelation; difference is-now one has come into the knowledge of it! So what is Nehemiah saying in this statement it was “made known”?
Here it is implied that, “of old observed, even from the beginning, Gen 2:3, about 2514 years before it was made known in such a solemn sort at Sinai; as having been much neglected and forgotten during the Egyptian servitude.” (John Trapp’s Commentary). During Egyptian slavery Israel forgot many of the laws of God and needed revelation from God once again. They knew about God and “cried” to him (Ex 2:23-24). But they didn't know God, they lost the knowledge of him. When God called Moses and Moses brought them out, God through Moses was teaching them his laws before Sinai (Ex 16:28), but then in a grand revelation wrote them down for Israel as their constitution and entered into a Covenant with them (Ex 19:5).
However, God dealt the same way with individuals like Noah, Enoch Abraham; In the case of a nation like Gerar that was “righteous” they preserved and kept the laws of God as taught to them by Noah and Melchizedek but eventually went the way of the rest of the nations of Canaan into apostasy. They were not called like Israel was-only Israel was called by God to represent him and be an holy nation.
The Psalmist then says, “and as for his judgments, they have not known them.” As we have seen other nations and peoples did know about the laws of God. What does he mean by this?
The Bible in Basic English Translates it, “and as for his laws, they have no knowledge of them”
The Bishops Bible (1568) says the same, “neither haue they the knowledge of his iudgementes” Why didn’t they have “knowledge” of his judgments and laws? As the Apostle Paul says in Romans chapter one, they had the knowledge of God, but then, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
“And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (vv.21-25). It was at this time during the Exodus that all the nations of the earth, “iniquity” was “full” and lost the knowledge of God and fell away into their own knowledge-so by the time of Moses, all nations, had “no knowledge of them.” So God set up Israel to be his nation as a “light” to the world. And, again, because Israel had no knowledge does not imply that it came into existence at the time of Sinai. The laws of God were known and practiced among the descendants of Noah but then all fell away into spiritual darkness.
Yes the laws of God are for all mankind and when the Kingdom of God is set up all mankind will keep them-they are not just for Israel, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”(Isa 2:3)-The Priesthood of Melchizedek will be in full operation on earth once again as it is in heaven with the church of God as, “kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev 5:10).
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