1 Cor. 11:5,13
1 Cor. 15:31
- Isaiah 42:1
- "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles."
- Moslems assert that this messenger is not Jesus, but Muhammad. This claim is based on the titles that are given to Muhammad. These include: The slave servant of God and his elected messenger, a title given to Muhammad five times every day in the Moslem liturgy of prayers. Other claims from the chapter include:
- "He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth." (v. 4). - It is claimed that as Jesus was rejected by Israel and did not set up a worldwide government this cannot be Jesus.
- "[the LORD] will keep thee," (v. 6). - It is claimed that this is a statement that no other prophet would come after!
- "and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles." (v. 6) - Many Gentiles from all nations converted to Islam and Moslems claim that this is prophesied here.
- "Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth." (v. 10). - Moslems claim that the song is new because it is in a different language (Arabic), and that it refers to the Muezzins singing praise to God from minarets throughout the Islamic world.
- "Let them . . . declare his praise in the islands." (v. 12). - Moslems assert that these islands are in the South China Sea and in the Caribbean, where Islam has spread very thoroughly.
- "He shall prevail against his enemies." (v. 13). - Moslems assert that Jesus did not prevail against his enemies, but Muhammad has done so. Hence, they argue, this verse must refer to Muhammad and not to Jesus, and the rest of the prophecy must therefore also refer to Muhammad.1
- The titles given to Muhammad were given after the event (and possibly long after). They reflect titles in the Bible because titles were plundered from the Bible to give to Muhammad.
- The prophecies describe the servant as ruling the world, and giving judgment for it. Muhammad died before his armies had left Arabia and he never judged even Jerusalem, let alone the rest of the world. Jesus has not judged the world yet, but he is to return and do so. At this time he will prevail against his enemies.
- In verse 6 the prophecy states that the servant is to be given for a covenant of the people, a light of the Gentiles. In what way was Muhammad given? Jesus was given as a sacrifice at his crucifixion.
- This chapter cannot be taken alone. It is part of the servant cycle prophecy of Isaiah and any interpretation must fit the whole of the prophecy. This is an embarrassment to Moslems as the cycle ends with the suffering servant prophecy of Isa. 53, which describes many points that fit no-one else:
- rejected (v. 3)
- sins of mankind laid upon him (vs. 5,6)
- killed (v. 8)
- died with the wicked and was buried with the rich (v. 9)
- did no violence (v. 9)
- raised from the dead (v. 11)
- None of these fits Muhammad who was a man of war.
- Baagil H. M., Muslim-Christian Dialogue, (Islamic Propagation Centre International (U.K.), Birmingham, U.K., 1984), p. 48-49. Return