MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE?
Muslims seem to have an inconsistent atitude towards the Bible. Some claim that its content has been corrupted whilst others declare that it was made up by the Catholic Church in the 4th century. Nevertheless Muslims scholars, in recent years, have published books and pamphlets declaring that the Bible predicts the coming of the prophet of Islam.
In one such article the author states:
According to Deuteronomy 18:18 God speaks to the Prophet Moses and tells him that he will raise up a new Prophet who has certain clearly identifiable characteristics: I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. [Deuteronomy 18:18-19]
In this prophecy God is telling Moses that he will raise a Prophet like him, who will be from ‘among their brethren’. Since these verses are directed to Moses and the Jewish People, the ‘brethren’ mentioned here are the brethren of the Jewish people.
The scriptures quoted state:
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and
will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
command him. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.
The argument continues:
Now Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish nation had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 21). The children of Isaac are the cousins of the children of the Ishmael. The children of Isaac are the Jews and the children of Ishmael are the Arabs.
‘Brethren’ in the language of the Old Testament can refer to the Jews themselves (Numbers 32:6), or to the ancestral cousins of the Jews such as the Arabs, Edomites and others (see Deuteronomy 2:4,8 for usage of the word ‘brethren’). So the Arabs are considered the brethren of the Jews.
Here the inference is that this prophet would come out of the descendents of Ishmael and the scripture in Deuternomy 2 is quoted in order to back up this idea. Deuteronomy 2:2 states:
And command thou the people, saying, Ye [are] to pass through the coast of your
brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of
you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
Here the descendents of Esau are referred to as “Brethren.” Esau was the twin brother of Jacob and both of these boys were the children of Isaac. In fact Jacob later was given the name “Israel” by God. This has nothing to do with Ishmael.
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she [was] barren: and the
LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived……And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, [there were] twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and
his name was called Jacob: and Isaac [was] threescore years old when she bare
them. (Genesis 25:21-26)
So the children of Esau are rightly called the “Brethren” of the children of Israel.
Another thing to note is that the prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy would not only be of the brethren of the Children of Israel, but he would also come from amongst the people of Israel:
The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
God specifically states that the coming prophet would be a descendent of Jacob who later became Israel:
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince
hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Another argument raised is:
The Old Testament prophesises the coming of a Prophet from Arabia who would be from the descendants of Kedar. The verses of Isaiah 42 describe the coming of a Prophet who God refers to as ‘my Messenger’ (Isaiah 42:19). This Messenger would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’ (Isaiah 42:11), which means that the Messenger would emerge from Arabia since that’s where the villages of the descendants of Kedar lived according to Isaiah 21:13-17. This Messenger would give ‘judgment’, ‘light’ and ‘Law’ to the ‘Gentiles’ (Isaiah 42:1-4). Gentiles is a term referring to the non-Jews. This Messenger would be a ‘man of war’ who will first be persecuted and then will fight and defeat idol worshippers (Isaiah 42:13-17).
This description fits Muhammad (pbuh) exactly. Muhammad (pbuh) emerged from Arabia and was a direct descendant of Kedar, he was persecuted by and then fought and defeated the idol worshippers. He bought about ‘judgment’ and ‘law’ to a lawless Arab people (Arabs would be classed as ‘Gentiles’) when he became the ruler of the Arabian Peninsula.
Isaiah 42 does give information as to the “prophet” however the article overlooks a couple of important facts:
- Vs. 11 states: 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. It does not state that the prophet would would be from ‘the villages that Kedar inhabits’, it is saying that these should rejoice at the coming of the “Servant of the Lord”!
- In Chapter 42 it also states of this Servant of the Lord: I the 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 of the
Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Thus this Servant of the Lord will have the power to restore sight to the blind!
The Apostle Matthew reveals to us who this Servant of the Lord was:
But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes
followed him, and he healed them all; And charged them that they should not make him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
These arguments put forth by Muslims to promote their prophet are spurious to say the least. Muslims say that the Bible had been corrupted yet whoever authored this article has done just that, taken the scriptures and twisted them to suit his/her claims.
 Muhammad in the Bible–One Reason.Org
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