What to know Many Muslims have been taught that Mohammad is the promised successor to Moses spoken of in Deuteronomy 18:18-19. Among topics shared on Islamic viral videos, this is one of the highest. Some of our friends, reading this passage, will see a foreshadowing of Mohammad: two great prophets who destroyed idols, and turned people back to worshiping the one true God. To understand this better, it's helpful to understand Jahaliyyah. In Islam, the era before the revelations of Mohammad is given a name: Jahaliyyah, or Ignorance. Some Islamic scholars believe that Jahaliyyah refers specifically to idolatry and polytheistic paganism in the Arab gulf prior to Mohammad. Others use the term more broadly, referring to the condition of humanity before the Qur'an. In both cases, Jahaliyyah is referred to as a time without the teachings of Islam. In the Biblical text, however, ignorance is defined differently. It also includes the act of suppressing truth (Romans 1:18); intentionally turning away from the knowledge of God, made plain to all mankind, to worship an idol. In Psalm 73, we see one more kind of Jahaliyyah described: In verse 22, Daoud says that he was once foolish, ignorant, and "like a brute beast" before God. In the Psalm, he describes why. What to say Ask your friend which form of Jahaliyyah they see as more common: not knowing truth about God, suppressing truth, or becoming foolish through bitterness and the deceit that pain can bring?
If God leads, look at Psalm 106 together. What happened to Ibrahim's descendants when they (again) turned to idol-worship? What acts did this lead to? Read Colossians 3:5 together. How does the Injil amplify the definition of idol-worship? In what way are these acts the same as serving an idol? End with reading Ezekiel 14:2-3. The command to destroy idols is from God...but idolatry doesn't only live in stone or wood. It lives in human hearts. Reflect again on Psalm 73. How did Daoud become free of that Jahaliyyah? Share that the prophet who fulfilled God's Word in Deuteronomy 18:18-19 would not only destroy idols in their physical form...he would help free human hearts from idolatry. Read Isaiah 45:20 and pray together to the God who can save.