Knowledge of the sins of men

  1. 6. Knowledge of the secret sins of man

Surah al-e-Imran 3, 49   (Muhsin Khan)

And will make him ['Isa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allah's Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe.

Isa Al Masih knew what people were storing secretly in their homes. He not only knew, but also told them, and confronted them with their secret sin. In the Holy Qur'an and in Islamic traditions we see this supernatural prophetic ability as a miraculous sign. In the Holy Injiil, we have many stories, where he discloses peoples heart secrets publicly. You may call it a miracle, or a divine ability, with which Isa in his compassion helped them to come from darkness into the light. Think about as you read the following accounts, starting with what actually is in a person’s heart:

Injil,       Mark 7, 14-23     (CEV)

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” [16] 

17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Here he is accused of blasphemy for forgiving peoples sin. He knows what they were thinking and answers with a miraculous healing:

Injil,       Luke 5, 21- 26     (NIV)

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

How did Isa deal with his enemies? He knew what was in their heart and gave a correct answer, for what the Jews wanted to accuse Him for, namely the ‘forbidden’ healings on a Sabbath. He asked them whether is permitted to do good or evil; to save life or to destroy it? Again, he healed the person in which he answered the question through a miracle:

Injiil,     Luke 6, 6-11        (NIV)

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Even Isa performed many miracles publically; he never gave himself over to socialize too closely, but stayed at a distance, because he knew of everyone’s sinful heart. He did not need or want peoples’ gossip about any other, but dealt directly and up front in every situation and problem, be it physical or spiritual.

Injiil,     John 2:23-25       (NIV)

23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

In the next story, Isa Al Masih, as a Jew asked a Samaritan woman for water which led to a spiritual conversation about the prophet Yakoob, and the promised Messiah. Isa had never met of heard of this woman, but knew and told her that she had already 5 husbands and now lived illegally with a man. Read through this account carefully what effect this prophetic words had on the people of the town:

Injil,       John 4, 3-42        (CEV)     Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

3 Jesus left Judea and started for Galilee again. 4 This time he had to go through Samaria, 5 and on his way he came to the town of Sychar. It was near the field that Jacob had long ago given to his son Joseph. 6-8 The well that Jacob had dug was still there and Jesus sat down beside it because he was tired from traveling. It was noon, and after Jesus' disciples had gone into town to buy some food, a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well.

Jesus asked her, “Would you please give me a drink of water?”

9 “You are a Jew,” she replied, “and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink of water when Jews and Samaritans won’t have anything to do with each other?”

10 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God wants to give you, and you don’t know who is asking you for a drink. If you did, you would ask me for the water that gives life.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. Where are you going to get this life-giving water? 12 Our ancestor Jacob dug this well for us, and his family and animals got water from it. Are you greater than Jacob?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. 14 But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.”

15 The woman replied, “Sir, please give me a drink of that water! Then I won’t get thirsty and have to come to this well again.”

16 Jesus told her “Go and bring your husband.”

17-18 The woman answered, “I don’t have a husband.”

“That’s right,” Jesus replied, “you’re telling the truth. You don’t have a husband. You have already been married five times, and the man you are now living with isn’t your husband.”

19 The woman said, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. 20 My ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews say Jerusalem is the only place to worship.”

21 Jesus said to her:

Believe me; the time is coming when you won’t worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship. But we Jews do know the God we worship, and by using us, God will save the world. 23 But a time is coming, and it is already here! Even now the true worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the Father according to the truth. These are the ones the Father is seeking to worship him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth.

25 The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come. He is the one we call Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 “I am that one,” Jesus told her, “and I am speaking to you now.”

27 The disciples returned about this time and were surprised to find Jesus talking with a woman. But none of them asked him what he wanted or why he was talking with her.

28 The woman left her water jar and ran back into town. She said to the people, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! Could he be the Messiah?” 30 Everyone in town went out to see Jesus.

31 While this was happening, Jesus' disciples were saying to him, “Teacher, please eat something.”

32 But Jesus told them, “I have food that you don’t know anything about.”

33 His disciples started asking each other, “Has someone brought him something to eat?”

34 Jesus said:

My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do. 35 You may say that there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest.

36 Even now the harvest workers are receiving their reward by gathering a harvest that brings eternal life. Then everyone who planted the seed and everyone who harvests the crop will celebrate together. 37 So the saying proves true, “Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop.” 38 I am sending you to harvest crops in fields where others have done all the hard work.

39 A lot of Samaritans in that town put their faith in Jesus because the woman had said, “This man told me everything I have ever done.” 40 They came and asked him to stay in their town, and he stayed on for two days.

41 Many more Samaritans put their faith in Jesus because of what they heard him say. 42 They told the woman, “We no longer have faith in Jesus just because of what you told us. We have heard him ourselves, and we are certain that he is the Savior of the world!”

Isa was proved not only to be a prophet, but also the promised Messiah to the people of Sychar, the town of this adulterous woman. Although the people there were half- Jews only, called Samaritans they nevertheless awaited the Messiah to come. The people there believed Isa, because the woman said: “This man told me everything I have ever done.” To know the secrets of men’s heart, and to expose it publically was proof enough for them, a sign and miracle to believe that when he called himself the Messiah, he was the one to save the world.

At the end of the 3 years Isa had trained his disciples, they could see and confessed that Isa knew and understood human hearts and everything else too. They believed he was not just a Prophet, but he came directly from Allah and would go back to him shortly:

Injiil, John 16, 28-30        (NIV)

28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.

30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions.

This makes us believe that you came from God.”

Seven miracles are mentioned in particular in the Holy Qur'an. They all are unique and unheard from any other prophet. They all come with a deeper spiritual meaning for mankind, if we would only understand and believe? Allah loves humanity, wants to bless all people through his son, and forgive everyone’s sin and heal the sick in the name of his spiritual ‘Son’ Isa Al Masih, Kalimatullah.