Before, there was a heirarchy of truth. The high priest of Egypt had the real truth. The scribes had the real secret truth. The initiated students had inklings of the truth. The people wallowed in ignorance.
Moses, the revolutionary, changed all that. At Mount Sinai, all men, women and children, princes and commoners, priests and workers, had to be present. Even priestly rites were made common knowledge.
Before, power and authority was based on withholding knowledge. In a Torah world, authority is based on universal knowledge.