15 May Is Islam Mentioned in the Bible?
This post is written with the intent to educate my non-Muslim family and friends. People often wonder about Islam, and this guy we call Prophet Muhammad, and what makes him so special. And what about Jesus and where does he come into all this. I know, because I wondered the same thing. This is my humble opinion as with every other post you will read on my blog. My opinion means, this is my understanding and that does not mean that everyone will or needs to agree with me.
JUST A WARNING. THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY LONG POST, SO GRAB A CUP OF TEA.
Prophet Muhammad, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him is the “FINAL” prophet and messenger ever to be sent or will ever be sent by God. So what does this mean? It does not take away from any of the prophets sent before him, but the emphasis that Muslims put is that he is the FINAL PROPHET AND MESSENGER. Meaning any new people that may claim to be a prophet or messenger sent by God after him are false. They may think they are prophets. They may even have some form of prophetic dreams etc. but they are not Prophets sent by God in the eyes of God because God has said that Muhammad will be the last and final prophet that he will send to earth.
So, what about Jesus, Christians ask. We are waiting for Jesus to come back. God said he will send Jesus back. This is true, we are. Christians and Muslims alike are waiting for the return of Jesus who will fight and kill the anti-christ also referred to as the Dajjal in Arabic. But the words here are final, meaning no new prophets. It does not mean Jesus will not return, it means no new prophets or messengers with scripture are to come. So any new religions that have popped up are man made. Yes, they have their book written by the followers of their teachers or gurus but they were not prophets nor messengers sent by God. If we actually look at some of these gurus, we find that their good intentions are just that good intentions. They have philosophies, teachings, and ways of life that are similar to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. I only mention those three, because those are the three largest and the three of which I feel I have enough knowledge to speak about. I see these new teachings more as philosophies, ways of life rather than religions, ways in which we are taught to worship God.
So Prophet Muhammad first and foremost did not just pop up out of nowhere as some may believe. He and his people are spoken of in the Bible.
So first let’s go back. Way back for a moment. In Genesis chapter 12 verse 1, God speaks of the promise of a nation to Abram. In verse 2, he says, ” And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing: (3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall ALL families of the earth be blessed.
So like all people on earth, we begin with Abraham. The father of all nations. So we know the story of Abraham. God promised him a son, but his wife did not believe God. She asked how was she to have a child when she was so old. Genesis Chp 15:2: And Abram said, Lord God, what will thou give me, seeing I go childless and the steward of my house is this Elezer of Damascus? Elezer was the second son of Moses and his wife Zipporah. FYI Damascus is the Capital of Syria. (3) And Abram said, behold, to me thou hast given no seed, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. Basically, he is saying, you have not given me any children, so how am I to have an heir? God responds by saying. (4) This shall not be thine heir, but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. Basically, your heir will be from you directly.
Chp15:13 And he said unto Abram, know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation whom they shall serve, will I judge; and afterward shall they come out with a great substance.
So this gives us some details as to who specifically God is referring too. Some say it is possible that this is the African Americans of today, especially with reference to the 400 years. But that is not my topic of discussion. It is details like this, that one must reflect upon when studying, of we miss them we loose very important information and my find conclusions that are incorrect.
15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shall be buried in a good old age, (16) But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. Amorites who are the Amorites? According to Wikipedia Amorites are a member of seminomadic people living in Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Syria in the 3rd millennium BC, founders of Mari on the Euphrates and the first dynasty of Babylon.
15:18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river of the Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites and the Rephaims, and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Girgashites and the Jebusites.
So this is a listing of the certain tribes of which God has given this land to.
Genesis Chapter 16 introduces Sarai or Sarah.
16:1 Sarai, Abram wife bear him no children; and she has a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. Sarai basically says look, God has not given me any children yet, I give you my handmaid. This is my opinion shows the lack of faith and patience that Sarah had, and God of course already knew this.
16:3 And Sari Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. Now, some people say she did not become his wife she just remained the handmade, to make it seem like the child was going to be illegitimate. In Islam, men can have up to four wives. So based on this understanding, and the text here, The handmade was now the second wife of Abraham. I have yet to find anything in the Bible referring to her as anything less after this point. Scholars also teach that this was a very common practice at the time, and the main reason men would have multiple wives in the first place. As wives got older or were baren they would take on more wives to continue to have children, as children were the best thing that a man could have, especially men that would continue to bear their name and continue to grow the family. Which also in the opinion of some scholars shows a lack of faith on Abram’s part as well. God knows best.
16: 4 states that ” He went to Hagar, and she conceived, and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
So the story continues that Sarah despised Hagar, so Hagar fled, and an angel found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness by the fountain in the way of Shur. These specific details are given for a reason, so when we look at it, we find that Shur is on the East of Egypt. I am not sure what these means, but I find that these types of details end up being important later. Some say this means Hagar was trying to get back to Egypt, her homeland. The angel asked her where are you coming from and where will you go? She explained the situation and the angel told her to go back. So she went back.
16:9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. (10) and the angel of the lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the lord said unto her, Behold, thou are with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael because the lord hath heard thy affliction. (12) And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
So we see her son’s name is Ishmael, meaning, God listens, and it has been stated what his future will be like. And at this time it is stated that when Ishmael was born Abraham was fourscore and six years old, which is 86 years old. There is actually specific terms stated in the bible in reference to the promise that God has given Abraham. It is similar to a contract, which is called a covenant.
(1)And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the lord appears to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect.(2) and I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. (3) And Abram fell on his face, and God walked to him saying,
(4) As for me behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. (5) Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham, for a father of many nations have I made thee.
……. it continues with the details saying that the covenant is everlasting etc.
(8) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God. Today this area is present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Israel.
He continues on to say (10) This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child amongst ye shall be circumcised. It shows that this is a tradition that started with God and Abraham for only male children. Those who believe that it is also for women are incorrect, that is culture and NOT an Islamic teaching. The purpose is a symbol of the covenant between God and the “MEN CHILDREN” of Abraham that they are continuing the covenant with themselves and their children. (11) … and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you.
Things continue to go into detail as to who is a part of the household of Abraham. ….
(12)… every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. So this would include Elezer.
(13) He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must be circumcised, and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlast covenant. So my understanding is any male that was of the house of Abraham was connected to the covenant and this promise and therefore was to be circumcised. (14) and the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is no circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.
… It continues with the name change of Sarai to Sarah, making her the mother of Nations. It also states that Sarah will bear a child and his name will be Isaac.
17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear a son indeed;, and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenent, and with his seed after him. (20) And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall be beget, and I will make him a great nation. (21) But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
Okay, so we have the first wife Sarah and her son Isaac who God has established a specific covenant with and we have his second wife Hagar, who God says he has also blessed and will make a great nation. We have been given details about Ishmael and what will be the future for him and his people and the strife that they will have to face. But it is also stated that God has blessed them as well.
The story continues and in chapter 21 the discussion of Sacrifice is brought up. It had been a year, and Isaac had been born as God had promised. Isaac was circumcised at eight days old. It states that Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. So 86 at the time of Ishmael and 100 at the time of Isaac. Making Ishmael about 14 years old. The day Isaac was weaned, Abraham had a great feast. Sarah saw that Ishmael was mocking Isaac. She and Abraham had a bit of an argument and he tried to reassure her that Isaac has the covenant, but remind her that Ishmael is his son too. Because of the situation the next morning Hagar and Ishmael were sent away. They traveled through the wilderness of Beersheba. It is stated that an angel appears to Hagar because she was crying, and told her to hold the baby up towards the heaven and pray. But this does not make any sense if at the time he should have been 14 years old. This is sometimes what happens when things are translated into English. There is no way that she could “hold him in one hand” as it is stated. So I am going to guess that this is a mistranslation in this area of the story.
The story continues and discusses the scene in which Isaac was almost sacrificed. Now according to some Muslims, they believe it was Ishmael who was almost sacrificed even though the Quran does not mention which son by name, but because Ishmael was older and Isaac was still a toddler. In my opinion, it does not matter which son. The point of the story is not which son was almost sacrificed, but to show the faith that Abraham had in God to submit to him even if it led to the sacrifice of his own son.
Sarah passes away, Isaac gets married to Rebecca.
So we have Isaac and His Wife RebekaIsaacacr and Rebekah had Jacob and Esau. They were twins. The Bible does not mention Ishmael other than he and Isaac were both at the burial of their father Abraham. Which is why mot people no nothing of Prophet Muhammad, his lineage or his people unless they read the Quran. All we know from a biblical perspective is that Isaac was told not to marry any of the daughters of Canaan,(the women of his son Ishmael) and Jacob blessed Jacob. When Esau was that Isaac had blessed Jacob he intentionally set out to marry a woman named Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmaels daughter Nebajoth. Eventually Jacob and Esau make peace with one another. Genesis Chapter 36 goes into detail about the descendants of Esau.
These are the sons of Ishmael who are referred to as the Ishmaelisties or the 12 tribes of Ishmael which was promised to his mother. It is through his second son Kedar that leads us to Prophet Muhammad.
“The Kedarites are mentioned in a few places in the Bible, and always referred to as nomads.” The Arabs were idol worshipping and often seen as savages, wildmen before the time of Prophet Muhammad.
Psalm 120: (1) In my distress I cried unto the lord, and he heard me. (2) Deliver my soul, o lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. (3) What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue(4) Sharp arrows of the mighty, which coals of juniper. (5) Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! (6) My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. (7) I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
This section is titled God’s chosen one. Read how he describes these people and what he will do with them.
Isaiah 42: (1) Behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect, in whom my soul delighted; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the gentiles. (2) He shall not cry, nor uplift, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.(3) A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.( 4) He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. ( 5) thus saith God the lord, he that created the heavens, and stretch them out; he that spread from the earth, and that which cometh out of it, he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: (6) I thee Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light to the gentiles; (7) to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. (8) I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (10) sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. (11) Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. (12) Let them give glory unto the lord, and declare his praise in the islands. (13) The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war, he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. (14) I have long time holden my peace; I will destroy and devour at once. (15) I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs, and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. (16) And I will bring blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. (17) They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to molten images, Ye are our gods.
In this chapter it discussion the people of Israel turning away from God. Remember the people of Israel were Gods chosen, people. Who he made a covenant with through Isaac.
2:3- Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend, evil shall come upon them, saith the lord. (4) hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. ( 5) This saith the Lord, what iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain. (6) neither said they, where is the lord that brought us out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? (7) And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. (8) The priest said not, where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not, the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after the thing that do not profit. (9) Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children’s children will I plead. (10) For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see, and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. (11) Hath a nation changed their gods, which are not yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. (12) Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.
My understanding of these verses is the God is displeased with the hosue of Israel and their ways, and he is using the house of Kedar as an example to them, saying look at these people who had no god, who worshiped idols, they have changed and now have a God, but you have always had me. You should be sad and ashamed.
Well this concludes todays Bible studies and blog posts. I will be back in a few days to update again.
Life is good, have a blessed day.