|Timeline for Abraham|
Did you know Sarah’s name also was not always Sarah—which means “my princess”? It used to be “Sarai” (without the "h" or "heh" sound) meaning the “dominant one.”
Was her initial name a reflection of her relationship with her husband? Was this how she got Abraham to take on “Hagar, her maid servant, so they could have a child? Because she was the dominant one? Perhaps Sarah too struggled and was unable to get her miracle because of her domineering sprit.
But, God in His Love and Grace changed her name to Sarah—again by adding the Hebrew alphabet, “heh”, (as He did with Abraham's name,) and breathed His life into her name and changing it to Sarah.
Even from here I see the picture of the deadness of our bodies without the breath of God in our lives.
The next person we’ll look at today is “Nahor.” He was Abraham’s father. Abraham was living in the land of Ur when God spoke to him and asked him to leave (with his wife Sarah) and move to Canaan. (For accuracy’s sake why don’t you read the passage in Genesis again below.)
12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
|Map of UR|
“Terah” means “delay”! Perhaps when God told Abraham to leave He wanted his beloved Abraham to reach the promise without delay. But as history went, Abraham left Ur not only with “Delay” in tow, but also with his nephew Lot, who cause him a “lot” (pun intended) of problems.
Next week we will look at other names : Peter, James and John, in particular. Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose these three out of the twelve as His inner circle? Did their names perhaps, play a part in the redemption story?