Name Change

Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you.” Genesis 17:5-6 HCSB

There is a story of a politician in Texas who had the last name of Hogg. He and his wife had twin girls and named them Ura and Ima. If I had a name like that, I think I might change my name. My name, “Ron Moore,” when turned around becomes “Moron”. As a student pastor, many of the teenagers affectionately called me “Moron”. It is interesting the reasons that parents name their children a certain name.

In these Scriptures we discover that God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. In Biblical times names were very important and had specific meanings. Abram meant “exalted father” while Abraham meant “father of a multitude”. This was another way for God to confirm that He would bless Abraham with many descendants.

Challenge: Take some time to research the meaning of your name. Remember that no matter what your name is, if you are a believer, you are a child of God. Praise Him that you are a part of God’s family and that you can proudly claim the name of being a Christian.

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