What to know The promise of land to Ibrahim can become a derailing and emotional topic to many Muslims. Some Muslims consider themselves to be the true spiritual descendants of Ibrahim, stating that Ibrahim was a Muslim and they (unlike Christians and Jews) have followed in worshiping God correctly. Many would also say that they're his physical descendants, through Ismail. Many Muslims have been taught that the Jewish people are a rejected bloodline who is cursed by God. Regardless of how your friend sees their relationship to Ibrahim, a common question is often raised: "Who do you think should have the land? The Jewish people or the Palestinians?" What to say Creation to Christ
If your friend asks you this after reading Genesis 11 together, this is our request: Don't walk into the Zionism question at this point. Ask your friend if you can talk about this after you've finished reading about Jesus. Continue to pray for God to protect your conversations and your time together in the Word of God.
If your friend asks you this after reading about Christ, ask them to examine the words of Jesus with you to find an answer. Pause to define this more clearly. God made a promise to Ibrahim and to his descendants, and they're asking how humans should act in light of this promise. Suggest that a better question exists; better, in the sense that it comes first. How did Jesus teach humans to act? What are his commands? According to the Word of God, his direct teachings, how should the Jewish people treat the Palestinians? How should the Palestinians treat the Jewish people? If God's Word was followed, what would happen? Consider the questions above a final time. How can Palestinians who follow Jesus work for the security, safety, dignity, and justice of the Jewish people in Israel? How can Jewish followers of Jesus pursue security, safety, dignity, and justice for Palestinians? Read Ephesians 2 (full chapter) and Colossians 1:19-20 together. What is possible, because of Jesus al-Masih? Return to the original question. There have been times that humans have been given a position to be an instrument of God to fulfill his promises and purposes. Cyros is one famous example; Esther is another. In focusing on the teachings of Jesus, we're not seeking to undermine or refute God's right to use humans to fulfill his word. On the contrary, we're stating that our desire is for God's will to be done. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-2 together. If your friend is willing, pray together for people in positions of power and authority. Pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.