Shared March 1, 2015
“Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai,” (Genesis 16:1-2).
What about the trickery of Abraham and Sarah? Even though God had promised Abraham and Sarah that He was going to give them descendants that they will not be able to count, this couple hatched out their own scheme. God’s promise was that He will start with the seed or the son of promise. Well, Sarah said to her hubby Abraham “Honey, we are old, very old I might add. Take my servant Hagar and sleep with her so you/we can have a child. I can’t trust this God and His old promise anymore.”
Ah! So Abraham and Hagar bore a child, a son whom they named Ishmael. satan started smirking gleefully; he started laughing at the couple because he had successfully tricked them into disobeying God and doing their own thing. They had ignored God. They had violated God’s Word, acting apart from God. They had been deceived! Was that it? Oh no!
Today, look at it. Look at Israel (the descendants of the son of promise, Isaac, son via Abraham and Sarah) and the Arabs (the descendants of Ishmael, the son of the bond woman and Abraham). If you are not getting the picture, just look at the Middle East. When Ishmael was born, God said he was going to be violent and will be against the rest of the world. This is how the Bible puts it Genesis 16:11-12 11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her [Hagar], Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. “…and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” really means he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.
Look at the Middle East again. When mohammed appeared in the 570s to 630s AD, he distorted the scriptures which by then were already circulating in Arabia (Paul was in Arabia for a good while when he got converted, says Galatians 1:17). Further, the gospel, in various forms, was in several part of the world. As a matter of fact by 250 AD, the “canon” that we have today was universally accepted. In violence mohammed did start islam and today his followers, just like him, mostly use violence to convert people to his islam. satan’s trickery, again. By the way “canon” means “standard” or “rule”.
You know, the koran, the islamic “holy” book contains apocryphal (i.e. forgeries) biblical text; that is why moslems appear to be able to “quote” the Bible. They quote apocryphal text. And what is the best way to fool people? By sprinkling some truth over lies. That is what satan has been doing all the time. So if the Holy Bible is a perfect mirror (James 1:22-25) in which the Believer observes himself and continues in it, then the koran is made up of shards of broken mirrors (rejected texts purported to be original Jewish and Christian accounts), then one should not be surprised by what we see being perpetrated by moslems; when you look into a broken mirror what do you see? A warped, twisted, gnarled image of you. A broken mirror that is glued together can never give a true or accurate reflection; only a warped, twisted gnarled image and so after observing yourself in such a mirror, you will go away and act that reality. By the way “Apocrypha” means, “hidden” but is also applied to other books that are New Testament forgeries.
Where do you stand? At the risk of being over-repetitious, when in doubt, always pray for God to reveal to you the truth. And the more honest we are with our own self, the easier and quicker we will be aware of and “smell” (and by that I mean “sense and discern”) what the false teachers and false beliefs are peddling. So, be on your guard and watch out for deceptive people and beliefs, those tricksters with their lies. With Easter approaching, look out for “movies” and “new findings” that challenge or question the truth as well the history of Christianity. They do that each Christmas and Easter.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Lord, unless I depend on You and allow You to order my steps, I will always fall prey to satan’s deceit and lies. Help me to wait on You, depend on You, rely on You, and follow Your guidance in all things so that when satan and his agents approach, I will, by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit notice them from afar. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”