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Does Isaiah 42 speak of Mohammad

I was given the reference of Isaiah 42:4 by one of my friends as a prophecy of Mohammad.Let us see whether scriptures support this or not.
First, we will look at the passage itself:

Isaiah 42
4 he will not falter or be discouraged 
till he establishes justice on earth. 
In his law the islands will put their hope."

Firstly, let's be honest.There is NOTHING in these verses which even hint to the coming of Mohammad.Neither his nationality, nor his name is mentioned here.

On the other hand, when we look at the Bible itself, this prophecy talks about none other than Jesus Christ.Nor did Mohammad or his followers specifically hint to this prophecy, yet Jesus's followers did (as we shall see shortly).

But to understand the verse, we have to look at the context.

Let's look at the first verse:

1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight; 
I will put my Spirit on him 
and he will bring justice to the nations.

When we read other passages from the Bible, it will prove that it was Jesus who was God's servant and God delighted in Him.

Philippians 2
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 
6Who, being in very nature God,  
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  
7but made himself nothing,  
taking the very nature of a servant,  
being made in human likeness.

So Jesus is called God's servant.And other passages show that God delighted in Him:

Matthew 3
17And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love;with him I am well pleased."

This exact statement is found two more times in Mark 1:11 and Luke 3:22.And also note that God is pleased with His Son (Jesus Christ), proving that this is the same person being called as the servant in Isaiah 42 and Philippians 2 and not any other.

And there is another event where God says the same thing for Jesus:

Matthew 17
5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

Now look at the third line of the 1st verse.God will put His "spirit on His servant".

Such a statement of God putting His Spirit on Mohammad is rarely known in the Islamic world.Muslims hardly ever talk about God's Spirit.

Yet both the Qur'an and the Bible talk God's Spirit coming upon Jesus.Consider the following passages of the Qur'an:

Sura 21:91
And she who was chaste, therefor We breathed into her (something) of Our Spirit and made her and her son a token for (all) peoples.

Notice two things here.God's Spirit was there from the time Jesus was in the in His mother's womb.Secondly, He was a "token for ALL PEOPLE" which denotes universality of His message with goes in line with the passage in discussion.

Another verse of the Qur'an says:

Sura 2:87
And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah's sovereignty), andWe supported him with the Holy spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?

Infact, one of the titles of Jesus in the Quran is the "Spirit of God" (Ruhu minhu)

Sura 4:171
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him.

So, God putting His Spirit upon Jesus proves from the Qur'an itself that Isaiah 42 is talking about Jesus and not Mohammad.

Now some verses from the Bible which give the same teaching in specific words:

Matthew 3 (Luke 3:22 and Mark 1:11)
16As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him

Luke 4
18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me 

21and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

I encourage you to read the complete narrative from verse 16 on wards.

So here is the Bible saying in clear words that God put His Spirit on Jesus whereas we have no such statements for Mohammad.

Finally, proof that this prophecy is about Jesus and not Mohammad can be found in the Gospel narratives where the disciples of Jesus whom He appointed ascribed this prophecy to Him, yet the followers of Mohammad didn't.

Matthew 12
14But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, 16warning them not to tell who he was. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

And then the writer proceeds to quote Isaiah 42.You can read the passage here:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2012:14-21&version=NIV

All this proves that this prophecy refers to Jesus Christ and not to Mohammad.

God Bless You.

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