1. God rejected Ishmael

Here is the text:

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generation

This [is] my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, 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.

He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah [shall] her name [be].

And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be [a mother] of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him.

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 he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year (Genesis 17: 9 – 21)

We need to understand that God rejected Ishmael back in the day. Why? There are several reasons:

  • First and foremost, the Holy God would have broken His own Law against polygamy by allowing Ishmael to inherit the Promise. It is impossible for God lie and even to sin; for His  Word is forever established in Heaven.
  • If He had permitted Ishmael to inherit the Promise, we could legally claim that polygamy is right in the Lord’s eyes.
  • Secondly, Ishmael’s mother an Egyptian and a descendant of Ham, son of Canaan (Psalm 105: 23, 27). Canaan had sinned against his father Noah and God by uncovering his father’s nakedness while he was drunk. He appeared to have made derogatory remarks and Shem and Japheth told Noah (Genesis 10: 22 – 27).
  • Noah “cursed” Ham by saying that he would be a servant to his relatives.
  • However, that curse was too mild for God. Noah was His best friend in the earth and Prophet of God. God did not say anything to Noah, but He gave the land of Ham’s descendants to Abraham and commanded them to exterminate the inhabitants.
  • Canaan continued a Pre Flood practice of uncovering another person’s nakedness. Jacob’s son firstborn son Reuben did it and Jacob gave disinherited him as the heir (Genesis 35: 22; 1 Chronicles 5: 1).
  • This sounds harsh, but this was God’s way of establishing His Divine Order in the earth back then. These practices defiled the earth and He called them abominations and the reasons why nations were judged (Leviticus 18: 27-30).
  • God commanded the Jews not to do it and the Law reveals that uncovering another person’s nakedness included all kinds of  sexual misconduct with relatives, one’s siblings, parents, aunts, neighbours etc (Leviticus 18).
  • God had excommunicated the descendants of Ham and He could not break His Oath by rewarding a descendant of Ham.

2. What about the sign of circumcision – does that make  Muslims eligible to inherit Abraham’s stuff?

God commanded Abraham to circumcise every male in his household as a sign that he and his descendants would keep this everlasting covenant and worship Him alone. This included Ishmael. Anyone who refused to agree to the Covenant was to be excommunicated.

He  then broke Abraham’s bubble when He told him that Sarah would have a son called Isaac and that He would establish His covenant with him (Genesis 17: 15 – 22).  Abraham begged God to allow Ishmael to “live before Him” or to fellowship with Him. God promised to bless Ishmael, multiply and make him a great  nation BUT rejected him as the heir of the Promise.

Did Abraham agree with God? Yes, he did. He circumcised every male in his household as a sign of his agreement (Genesis 17: 23 & 24).

God still expects all the natural and spiritual descendants of Abraham to worship and serve Him alone and no other god.

The covenant is a spiritual one (also encompassing territorial rights to the land of Israel.   Abraham swore that he and his descendants would serve God alone.  Mohamed’s god obviously had no intention of  leading the man to worship the True and Living God.  Satan intended to introduce centuries old conflict into the earth by establishing a bloody debate about who was Abraham’s rightful heir.

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