Perception and Reality in the Appreciation of Torah
In Parshas Zos Ha'Beracha, pasuk 33:2 begins:
Va'yomar: Hashem mi'Sinai bah, v'zarach m'Seir lamo, hofiya mehar Paran...
[And Moshe] said: Hashem came from [Har] Sinai, He had already radiated for them from Seir, had dawned from Mount Paran....
The Sifri learns from this pasuk that Hashem originally offered the Torah to the other nations. He offered it to the descendants of Esav (alluded to by Seir), and they asked, "What is written in the Torah?" Hashem responded, "Do not kill." (commandment #6 in the luchos). At which point, Esav's descendants declined to accept the Torah.
Hashem also presented the Torah to the descendants of Yishmael (alluded to by Paran). They too asked what is written inside. When told the Torah says, "Do not steal," (commandment #8), they also demurred.
Menachem Baker in Parperaot L'Torah asks: when asked by the other nations what is written in the Torah, Hashem mentioned the later commandments (e.g., #6, #8, etc.). Whereas with bnei Yisroel, Hashem began with the first commandment, "Anochi Hashem Elokecha." Why didn't Hashem highlight the earlier commandments when responding to the query of the other nations? Maybe highlighting the positive might have elicited a different reaction?