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Blessing of Ishmael

God Blesses Ishmael in the Bible

The Bible tells what God said about the blessing of Ishmael’s descendants:

Gen 17:20 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 he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.

Gen 21:13 And also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad. And the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not. For God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Gen 21:18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand. For I will make him a great nation.

What does a blessing of Ishmael mean?

As we see here, God in the Bible is talking about Ishmael as being blessed, and that he will have a great nation, blessing according to the Bible is prophecy in his descendants, for example if we looked at Genesis 27 at the story when Jacob took the blessing from Esau. No prophets were raised from Esau’s descendants, but many prophets were raised from Isaac’s seed. And Prophet Muhammad was raised from Ishmael’s descendants who are the brothers of Israel as the Bible tells in Deuteronomy 18:18.

Someone might say that this prophecy was fulfilled in that verse which say that Ishmael shall have 12 sons as in Genesis 25:13-14. Actually if the blessing was just regarding descendants, then actually Esau had two great nations as well, not only the Edomites as mentioned in the Bible, but also the Romans as mentioned in the Talmud. So actually the prophecy here regarding the blessing of Ishmael is not just regarding the descendants, but that a great prophet shall come from Ishmael’s descendants.

Prophet Muhammad in the Bible

Isn’t the covenant of God established with Isaac only?

Other might say that the covenant is with Isaac only as it says:

Gen 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Well, this was in the beginning, then it was transferred to Ishmael’s descendants, and that’s what is told in the New Testament when Jesus said to the Jews that the kingdom of God shall be taken away from them:

Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Calling Ishmael as a fruitful, and shall have a great nation is very clear in praising him, otherwise, if God knew that a false prophet came from his descendants where a great nation followed him, why did He describe this nation as great?

Well, look at what is said in Genesis 17:

Gen 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised… Gen 17:13 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. Gen 17:14 And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

So it clearly tells that the sign of this covenant is circumcision, this covenant is everlasting and that the one who don’t circumcise breaks God’s covenant, which Muslims already do while according to Christians , Paul cancelled circumcision. Muslims are the real followers of Abraham.


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