When Moses gave the people God’s laws, he said: “Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations. . . . What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws?” (Deuteronomy 4:6-8).
According to Moses, being given God’s laws was not a punishment but a privilege.