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Who was the law given to first?

Submitted: 2/22/2009
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Question: Galatians 3:19 says that the law was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Was the law given to angels first and then the angels gave it to Moses?

Answer: A related passage is Hebrews 2:2-3, which says, 'For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation....' These passages seem to indicate that God gave the law to Moses by means of angels. They were apparently the delivery agents. We cannot find an explicit Scripture for this in the Old Testament, but we know that this was the Jewish tradition, and it appears to be supported by Galatians 3:19 and Hebrews 2:2.