Torah Before Torah
Have you ever wondered when God’s laws were established?
Many teach that the law was created at Mt. Sinai under Moses’s leadership, however, a quick study will demonstrate that God’s law existed even before the foundation of the earth!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1
Passover was taught more than 55 days before Torah was given. (Ex 12:1-12)
Moses taught the people of Israel the laws and decrees of Yahweh before the Torah was given. (Exodus 18:16)
Decrees and laws were given to Israel at the crossing of the Red Sea which was 40 days before the Torah was given. (Ex 15:22-26)
The people of Israel were told to keep the Sabbath 2 weeks (16th day of Iyar) before the Torah was given (Ex 16:30)
Joseph knew that adultery was sin 200 years before Torah was given (Gen 39:7-9)
Judah kept the law of providing offspring for a deceased brother. When Onan disobeyed by spilling sperm Yahweh struck him dead. This would not be fair if Onan did not also already know this was a command 200 years before Torah was given. (Gen 38:6-10)
Isaac told Jacob not to marry a Canaanite woman 200 years before Torah. (Gen 28:1)
Isaac was told that Abraham obeyed God and kept his requirements, commands, decrees and laws 200 years before Torah. (Gen 26:2-6)
Abimelech knew that adultery was sin 300 years before Torah (Gen 20:3-7)
The Amorites were informed of Torah and committed sin. It would not be fair for Yah to judge them if they had not been informed of Torah. (Gen 15:12-16)
The men of Sodom were committing wicked acts and sinning against Yahweh more than 400 years before Torah was given. (Gen 13:13)
Abraham and Lot both kept a Passover and knew that sodomy was sin more than 400 years before Torah. (Gen 19:2-7)
Noah knew how to offer a burnt offering with a clean animal 1000 years before Torah. (Gen 8:18-21)
The earth was guilty of “wickedness” and “evil” and was judged for it by the flood, yet Noah was “righteous” and “blameless” and found “favor” with Yah 1500 years before Torah. How could Yah judge the world for sin if they were not warned and taught Torah? (Gen 6:5-9)
Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” 1500 years before Torah. (2 Peter 2:5)
The First Passover
Cain and Abel knew they were supposed to bring offerings to Yah at the dawn of time. Cain knew his offering was not correct because it was clearly indicated to him. Sin was an understood concept in the days of Cain and Abel. Sin is lawlessness. (Gen 4:1-7, 1 John 3:4)
Abel was offering a Passover sacrifice! The Passover sacrifice is made at the place Yah chooses to make His name dwell. This is in keeping with Torah because Torah states we are to sacrifice where He chooses. During the time of the Tabernacle that spot moved every day. When they reached the Promised Land it was Jerusalem.
Abel knew that the fat portions were for Yahweh. Abel also knew that a proper Passover offering must be a firstborn. What was wrong with Cain’s first fruit offering? First fruits offerings must occur AFTER the Passover sacrifice! (Exodus 12, Num 28:24)
These were indeed the first fruits of any and all sacrifices to come, and serves a clear picture of the gospel.
Now it IS possible that Cain had tried to offer leavened bread with Abel’s sacrifice. The context of Exodus 23 tells us that there are 3 yearly festivals that the males are to appear in Jerusalem to keep the feasts. Passover is one of these. In the context of this passage we see three things that relate to the Cain and Abel narrative.
1) Don’t offer anything leavened with the blood of his sacrifice.
2) Don’t let the fat of the feast remain until morning.
– (At Passover we’re supposed to eat it all and burn the rest in the morning. This also implies that Abel ate the lamb. The common assumption is that they didn’t eat animals before the flood, but there is actually no command in scripture that restricts eating animals.)
3) The best of your first fruits of your ground you are to bring to Yahweh.
“Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me. You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. None shall appear before me empty-handed. You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor. Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord GOD. “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the fat of my feast remain until the morning.“The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God.” –Exodus 23:14-19
Could it be that “in the course of time” (Gen 4:3) is referring to the appointed times that the males were to present themselves before Yahweh?
Was this the impetus for Cain and Abel to keep the first Passover?
Passover is the first feast of the year and is also what is required for causing His name to dwell in that place! (Deut 16:2)
Back to Yeshua
Cain represents us before we came to Yeshua. We desire to be accepted before Yahweh, yet we come to be ruled by sin.
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” –Genesis 4:7
This is contrasted with the fact that in Yeshua we have victory over sin. (1 Cor 15:56-57)
Just like Cain we have sinned and represent a people in rebellion to Yahweh and His Torah. The curse was upon us just as it was upon Cain.
“And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.” –Gen 4:11
“from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation” –Luke 11:51
Now we see the connection with Zechariah who was stoned for practicing and teaching the Torah.
“Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'” -2 Chron 24:20
Now we see the connection between Abel and Messiah Yeshua.
“and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” –Hebrews 12:24
Abel was clearly a foreshadowing and symbol of the Messiah!
Cain slew Abel with a rock and Yah placed a mark on his forehead just as the Israelites put the blood on the doorpost to serve as a protection from the death angel. The blood of Abel represents the future blood of Messiah.
“Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Then the LORD said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him.” –Gen 4:13-15
Thank Yah that we have forgiveness of sins through Yeshua and can now share in the blessings and eternal inheritance!!