Why did God sometimes change a person’s name in the Bible?
When God changed a person’s name and gave him a new name, it was usually to establish a new identity. God changed Abram’s “high father” name to “Abraham,” “father of a multitude” (Genesis 17:5) and his wife’s name from “Sarai,” “my princess,” to “Sarah,” “mother of nations” (Genesis 17:15). We know from history that the descendants of Abraham and Sarah formed many nations, including the Jews’ and Muslims’.
God changed Jacob’s “supplanter” name to “Israel,” “having power with God” (Genesis 32:28). He changed Simon’s “God has heard” name to “Peter,” “rock” (John 1:42). Why did Jesus occasionally call Peter “Simon” after He had changed His name to “Peter”? Probably because Simon sometimes acted like his old self instead of the rock God called him to be. The same is true for Jacob. God continued to call him “Jacob” to remind him of his past and to remind him to depend on God’s strength.
Why did God choose new names for some people? The Bible doesn’t give us His reasons, but perhaps it was to let them know they were destined for a new mission in life. The new name was a way to let them in on the divine plan and also to assure them that God’s plan would be fulfilled in them.
Names in Gods kingdom are significant. When we look at the host of heaven includes angels of all ranks, they have names and they ordered to execute all Gods duties by names. Every name has a meaning in the Kingdom. When we look at names like Michael, and Gabriel, these are the most known through the entire bible. This means they do a great work on a constant basis. Before we continue look closely at the end of each name, there is an “el”, when you look at the “God with us” – Immanu”el”, still it has the same. In the ancient language, el means God – YHWH (JEHOVAH).
Michael (Hebrew pronunciation: [mixaˈʔel]; Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל, romanized: Mîkhā’ēl, lit. … In the New Testament Michael leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. Archangel Michael is one of the main Archangels and is said to be close to God our Creator, and is the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts. He is the Archangel that is most spoken about in religious books or texts. Archangel Michael is the Archangel of protection, peace, safety, clarity and moving forward.
Gabriel’s Name Means “God is Great” Gabriel, in the Abrahamic religions, is an archangel. He was first described in the Hebrew Bible and was subsequently adopted by other traditions. In the Hebrew Bible, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel to explain his visions. The archangel appears in such other ancient Jewish writings as the Book of Enoch. We have more angels like Uriel, Raphael, Sephiel but all have an “el” at the end which means God