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Makkah (Mecca) in the Bible (2/2)

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In the first part, we elaborated on the direct references to Makkah (Mecca) in the Bible. In this second part, we will highlight the indirect references to Makkah in the Bible.

Indirect References to Makkah

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Makkah

The indirect references to Makkah in the Bible involve a “New Jerusalem”, “Way of Holiness”, “Villages of Kedar”, and “Cornerstone”

When Jesus Christ was asked about the place where worship must be conducted, he stated that worship will be conducted at a new place other than Jerusalem. In the New Testament, we read:

The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. (John 4:19-21)

Way of Holiness

Again, the Bible tells us about a well of water gushing out in the desert and a way called “Way of Holiness” over which the unclean shall not pass and those who walk on it shall not go astray. In the Bible, we read:

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8 And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. 9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:5-10)

Villages of Kedar

The Bible commands singing the praises of God at the villages inhabited by Kedar, in reference to Talbiyah, Takbir and Tahlil in Makkah. It is noteworthy that Kedar is a son of Ishmael and a forefather of Arabs. His offspring lived in Arabia. We read:

Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. (Isaiah 42:10-11)

In spite of the claim that the sixtieth chapter of Isaiah talks about an alleged Zion, the descriptions given therein are more applicable to Makkah. It is Makkah to which nations come from afar and kings come to the brightness of its rising and all gather together  according to the following Qur’anic verses:

And [mention, O Muhammad], when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [saying], “Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate.

And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass (Al-Hajj 22:27-28)

It is Makkah to which the abundance of the sea is turned and the wealth of the nations shall come according to the following Qur’anic verse:

Have we not established for them a safe sanctuary to which are brought the fruits of all things as provision from Us? But most of them do not know. (Al-Qasas 28:57)

It is Makkah which is covered by a multitude of camels and to which flocks of Kedar are gathered according to the following Qur’anic verse:

And the camels and cattle We have appointed for you as among the symbols of Allah; for you therein is good. So mention the name of Allah upon them when lined up [for sacrifice]; and when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful. (Al-Hajj 22:36)

It is Makkah whose gates are open continually, day and night, and are not shut, according to the following Qur’anic verse:

And [mention] when We made the House a place of return for all people and [a place of] security. And take, [O believers], from the standing place of Abraham a place of prayer. And We charged Abraham and Ishmael, [saying], “Purify My House for those who perform Tawaf and those who are staying [there] for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer].” (Al-Baqarah 2:125)

It is Makkah where neither violence, devastation, and destruction shall not be heard, according to the following Qur’anic verse:

And al-Masjid al-Haram, which We made for the people – equal are the resident therein and one from outside; and [also] whoever intends [a deed] therein of deviation [in religion] or wrongdoing – We will make him taste of a painful punishment. (Al-Hajj 22:25)

Cornerstone

The New Testament quotes Jesus as referring to a stone rejected by builders, becoming the cornerstone where the kingdom of God will be taken away and given to a people producing its fruits. We read:

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. (Matthew 21:42-43)

We also read: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22-23)

The Bible also tells us about a stone, breaking images into pieces and becoming a great mountain filling the whole earth. We read: “As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:34-35)

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References:

1- The Glorious Qur’an (Sahih International Translation)

2- The Holy Bible (Visit biblegateway.com)

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Comments (26)

  • Yusuf Can

    Yusuf Can

    It’s quite interesting that John 4,19-21 is quoted but not until verse 23.

    “22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and HAS NOW COME when the true worshipers will worship the FATHER in the SPIRIT and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the FATHER seeks. 24 God is SPIRIT, and his worshipers must worship in the SPIRIT and in truth.”

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Do you think that this makes a big difference?

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      I believe it does as it gives the passage a context. I believe the passage does say that there will be a time coming when you don’t worship on the mountain nor in Jerusalem. But to interpret this that therefore they will then worship in some other location is not what I believe it means and he’s basically saying that there won’t be a specific place where people worship God but they will worship in a different way, namely “in Spirit and in truth”.

      I believe he’s saying that we don’t need a mountain, kaba, church, mosque to worship God but that we can worship God directly trough his spirit living in us.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      You always interpret the Bible according to your own fancy. John 4:19-24 says that Jesus is a prophet, but you interpret it as meaning a son of God. It also says that God will not be necessarily worshiped in Jerusalem, but you interpret it otherwise. Jesus said “We worship”, that is to say he himself worshiped God. He did not tell the woman to worship him as the son of God. But, I am sure that you will interpret that otherwise.

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      I could say the same to you. 😉

      Jesus was a prophet and he did worship God and I wouldn’t say he was “a” son of God but that he is God. I don’t deny that. But the story of the woman doesn’t start with verse 19 but earlier and to say that an ordinary prophet would claim for himself to able to give ETERNAL LIFE would be blasphemy as only God can give eternal life.

      But when you quote a passage from John you can’t deny the very first few verses where the we find the basis for all to come. Like in any book you need to read the beginning to understand what the book is about and who the characters are.

      John 1;1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS GOD. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. …

      and then in verse 14 it is explained what happened:
      14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      So you believe that Jesus is not God or the son of God, and he worshiped God Who is the Only One Who deserves worship

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      not just. 😉 I said I believe he IS God. By Son of God I don’t mean that he became the Son when he was born. He’s always been the Son and he became flesh as you can read in the passage that I quoted above from John 1.

      Even the Quran says that Jesus is the word of Allah (I’m clear that the Quran denies that Jesus is God but only a prophet)..

      O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and HIS WORD which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Did you not say “Jesus was a prophet and he did worship God”? Can Jesus be God and the prophet of God at the same time? Can Jesus be God and worship God, i.e. worship himself?

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      When you were asked to define the Trinity how Christians believe it. What would you say?

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      I say that “Trinity” is clear-cut polytheism!!

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      ok. so you believe that Christians don’t have 1 God but 3 Gods? Or rather. Do you believe that Christians would say that they have 3 Gods?

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      The Bible says that Christians have one God, “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” (Isaiah 45:6-7)but you insist that you have three Gods

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Jesus himself said that you have one God. One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:28-34)

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      You don’t need to show from the bible that there is only ONE God as Christians clearly believe that. ONE God and not Three Gods. No discussion about that.

      But the ONE and only God has always existed and always consisted of three persons. The Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.

      Jesus has 2 natures. He has a eternal nature which is God and then he has a human nature. This is what you see in John “The word was God” (divine nature)… verse 14 … “the Word became flesh” (human nature).
      So Jesus was 100% human and 100% God. Collossians 2,9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.

      So Jesus’s human nature worshiped the father and in his human nature he grew, he was hungry, he was tired. This is a clear sign that he was 100% human.
      Philipians 2,9: rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

      He showed his divine nature when he forgave sins and gave eternal life, raised people from the dead or when he acced worship of men (e.g. John 9,38 – Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.”).

      Or when he said we need to honour the son as the father.
      John 5:23 “that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”

      If you read John chapter 14 you can see that he said they should pray to him and he will answer their prayers “14,13: And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
      And obviously when he rose from the dead.

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      I recommend you the watch this debate. This might help you to understand how Christians understand the Trinity.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Where does the Bible say “God consists of three persons”? I need this clause from the Bible

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      You are asking for the exact sentence?

      E.g. in Matthew 3:16&17 you have clearly all three persons: And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, othe heavens were opened to him, and he psaw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, qa voice from heaven said, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

      I can really encourage you to watch the debate as this very question is debated there. You can’t loose anything by watching it but maybe it will help you to understand your Christian brothers and sisters better.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      I do not find the clause I asked about in Matthew 3:16&17. Can a whole belief system based on interpretation?

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      I don’t understand where you are going with that. Are you serously saying that if you don’t find the exact sentence “God consists of three persons” in the Bible, it can’t be how God is to be understood according to the Bible?

      I could ask something similar.
      Show me where I can find the exact Shahadah in the Quran.

      If I don’t find the exact sentence I don’t believe it’s correct, even though it can be understood from different verses and when I read the entire Quran?

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Shahadah which underlies the Muslim faith is explicitly found in the Quran: “Allah (God) Shahida (witnesses) that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those of knowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Al Imran 3:18)

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      would you not mention Muhammed in the Shahadah?

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Where does the Bible explicitly say “Trinity” without interpretation?

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      I don’t claim that we have the word trinity in the Bible but we don’t need the word. As little as we don’t need a verse that states. God is 1 in 3 Persons.

      Just because an exact formulation or word is not found in a book (e.g. Bible or Quran) doesn’t necessarily mean that the book doesn’t teach it.

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      The other part is also explicitly found in the Qur’an in more than one position. For example, ” When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, “We Nash-hadu (testify) that you are the Messenger of Allah .” And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. (Al-Munafiqun 63:1)

    • Islam4christians

      Islam4christians

      Can you give me one position in the Bible where Trinity is explicitly found?

    • Yusuf Can

      Yusuf Can

      … but not in 1 verse, the entire Shahadah… in the exact words. But this is, as I’ve said, not important as “Just because an exact formulation or word is not found in a book (e.g. Bible or Quran) doesn’t necessarily mean that the book doesn’t teach it.”

      If you don’t agree with… ok for me but then you need to be consistent not to believe anything that isn’t exactly word for word found in the Quran.

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