People think it’s difficult to talk to Muslims about religion, or Jesus. It’s not. Jesus is talked about more in the Qur’an than Mohammed. They KNOW who He is, they just don’t want to admit it. There is a key lie in the Qur’an that is the basis of their whole “Religion” and they all know it. That lie is the switch of the “Son of promise” from Isaac to Ishmael. Their rationale is that the “Blessing” was always passed through the oldest son. Well, it was, except that in this case, God Himself made the switch and passed the blessing through Abraham’s second son, the one God Himself gave to Abraham through Sarah.
What many Muslims will respond to is the fact that they can have a personal relationship with a Savior – right now – rather than having to be on the Hamster wheel trying to perform enough “Ritual” in order to get into Heaven. In fact, all other religions besides Christianity teach that you must “Do enough good deeds” to earn your way into Heaven. The fundamental Christian doctrine of grace (salvation through grace alone, Ephesians 2:8-9) flies in the face of all these other religions and shows us that the Bible is correct in saying “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Apostle Paul was just quoting an Old Testament concept that is repeated several times in the book of Psalms: “There is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1, 14:3, 53:1, 53:3).
Nobody, but NOBODY, earns their way into Heaven. Why on earth do folks think Jesus came and died on a cross? Just what have you been taught on that? Of course, I’m one to talk, I did not get saved until I was in my 30’s. I was brought up in the world’s system, in the United States, taught to be self-reliant and “Fiercely independent”. Yeah right, like that gets you anywhere when you’re staring down the barrel of an AK-47 as a bunch of radical Islamists threaten you and your family with instant death if you don’t convert. People, wake up!
Oh, and by the way, Isaac was not the first younger son through whom the blessing was passed, Abel was younger and yet offered an acceptable sacrifice where Cain did not. Of Noah’s sons, Shem was not the oldest either. Isaac’s two sons, Jacob and Esau, Jacob was the younger, and he stole his older brother’s blessing, and so on and so on. In spite of all that family rivalry, and bucking of tradition, the Lord still blessed all nations through that line, ultimately bringing Jesus Christ to be born through a virgin (Mary) who was of the line of David (who also was not an oldest son). The genealogy of Jesus reads like a who’s who of the proverbial dysfunctional family. God can use ANYONE for His purposes! God shows no favoritism, just look at Matthew – a TAX COLLECTOR who got saved and turned his entire life around and then set out to write an incredible gospel of the truth about who Jesus is!
I used Rembrandt’s painting of the “Return of the Prodigal Son” in here to illustrate two important points. First, God showed mercy and blessing through the younger son, again and again and again through the Bible, ultimately bringing us our salvation through Jesus (though Jesus is not a younger son Himself). Secondly, the bitter rivalry implied in the story of the Prodigal Son between he and his older brother (Luke 15:11-32). The bitterness is a natural by-product (in human terms) when an older son is “Slighted” and deprived of his perceived “Rights” (in nearly all these cases the right of receiving the patriarchal blessing).
So, how many other cases are there in the Bible where the older son was not used for God’s purposes, but the younger son was used instead?