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Mohammad is not like Moses

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Jun 2, 2008 at 19:00

Hello, sTs,

Moses could read and write. Moses through the power of the Holy Spirit wrote the first five books of the Bible, called the Torah - Genesis, Exodus, Leiticus, Nubers, and Deuteronomy.

Mohammad could not read or write.

Moses, as well as the prophets who came after him, performed miracles.

Mohammad did not perform miracles.

As well as performing miracles, the prophets who came after Moses could read and write. After the first five books, the book of Joshua was written by the prophet Joshua. The book of Judges was written by the prophet Samuel. The book of Isaiah was written by the prophet Isaiah. The book of Jeremiah was written by the prophet Jeremiah. The book of Ezekiel was written by the prophet Ezekiel. The book of Daniel was written by the prophet Daniel.

As you can see, Moses as well as prophets who came after him could read and write.

Like Moses, they performed miracles.

The verse you mentioned -

Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, "Please read this." And he will say ,"I can not read". - Isaiah 29:12

This verse has nothing to do with a prophet saying he cannot read. It has to do with the people of Israel.

Isaiah is warning the people of Israel of the Lord's impending judgement; these people have been ignoring the prophets; they have rejected God, to the point they are blind to God's word. "Illiterate" and "not read" are the same word in the Hebrew; the negative form of "yada`" - or, "not learned". So this verse actually says,

And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, read this, and he saith, I am not learned.

Again, this was applying to the people of Israel -

Be delayed and wait; Blind yourselves and be blind; They become drunk, but not with wine, They stagger, but not with strong drink - Isaiah 29:9

The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot, for it is sealed." - Isaiah 29:11

Again, the people of Israel are being addressed here; they have become negative toward God, and are blind to His Word.

It helps if you read all the verses surrounding - read Isaiah 29:1-24.

He said, Take now your son, your only son, whome you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moraiah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you." - Genesis 22:2

Notice, "your son, your only son, whome you love, Isaac". In the Hebrew, "your son" is "ben", which means son, male child. However, "your only son" in the Hebrew is "yachiyd", meaning "only unique one." Isaac was the "only one" through which the promise or covenant to Abraham by God would be fulfilled. "Whome you love." Remember, God commanded Abraham to reject Ishmael.

'Bye for now.

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