The Lord changed Abram and Sarai's name to Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 17:5,15). During this time thirteen
years pass since God first gave him the promise of a child (Genesis 12:1). Names
represent identity. (I say the name Billy Graham to you and you get an image in
your head. I say the name Charles Manson, and you get a different image.)
Names are powerful.
Names also represent ownership. When we have a child, we
choose the name showing we are the parents. We do the same with pets.
God changed their names showing ownership. At that time, at
that moment, God became the God of Abraham and Sarah, fully! They withheld
nothing back, but fully served Him with all their “heart… mind… soul and…
strength” (Mark 12:30). Sarah became pregnant immediately after this encounter,
and in 12
months they help their promised child in their hands!
Paul penned it this way:
When the LORD changed their named to Abraham and Sarah something
happened inside them both. Faith charged inside their being. No more was the struggle, the wavering, the
doubting, the questions. They knew inherently that the word given to them would
come to pass.
Sometimes we must walk
around the Mountain of Doubt (Deuteronomy 2:3) before we come to the place of
conviction (Matthew 15:28). But we too can become like Abraham, “being fully
persuaded”. We can know whatever God has promised He fully intends to bring to
pass. And we, like Abraham and Sarah, can hold our promised child by this time
Abraham meaning “father of many nations” (Gen 17:5).
Sarah simply means “noblewoman”.
By doing this God put His name in them. In Old Hebrew, they did not speak the name of God. His name was too holy. Therefore, in order to speak of God without saying His name, they simply blew wind from their mouth. So, he went from Abram to Abraham.
Numbers can be significant in the Bible. Thirteen represents Abram has come through many trials.
During this time Abram and Sarai became discouraged waiting on their promised child. Abram took Hagar, Sarai’s servant, had a child through her, and named the child Ishmael (Genesis 16:15).
12 is the number of government.
A person can walk, run, or fly (Isa 40:31). But the greatest of these is to simply walk (Gen 5:24, 6:9, 24:40). There’s something about walking that transforms us from our old nature to who we are in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Some things can’t be prayed out or anointed out, but must be walked out.
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