From Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah; Changing Their Names Thereby Changing Their Identities

Romans 4:17-21

The Lord changed Abram and Sarai's name to Abraham[1] and Sarah[2] (Genesis 17:5,15). During this time thirteen[3] years pass since God first gave him the promise of a child[4] (Genesis 12:1)[5]. 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[6] months they help their promised child in their hands!

Abraham and Sarah Charged with Faith; Unwavering, Steadfast, and Unyielding. Who Against Hope Believed in Hope, and Staggered Not at the Promise of God 

Paul penned it this way:

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:17-21).

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. 

sunset of Abraham and Sarah

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Sometimes we must walk[7] 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 next year[8]


[1]Abraham meaning “father of many nations” (Gen 17:5).

[2]Sarah simply means “noblewoman”. 

[3]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.  

[4]Numbers can be significant in the Bible. Thirteen represents Abram has come through many trials.

[5]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). 

[6]12 is the number of government.

[7]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.

[8]God’s Way to Supernatural, Easy Change: a prophetic word given by Jeffrey Hardwick.

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