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QUESTION: How many people had their names changed in the Bible?



ANSWER:  This is a great question for a test.  Match the following names with their more common Bible name.  (In each case their name was actually changed.)


1. Abram (a)

2. Sarai (b)

3. Israel (c)

4. Zaphnathpaaneah (d)

5. Belteshazzar (e)

6. Hananiah (f)

7. Mishael (g)

8. Azariah (h)

9. Jerubbaal (i)

10. Mara (j)

11. Jedidiah (k)

12. Saul (l)

13. Oshea (m)


Correct Responses:

g. Meshach (Daniel 1:7)

l. Paul (Acts 13:9)

b. Sarah (Genesis 17:15)

d. Joseph (Genesis 41:45)

j. Naomi (Ruth 1:20)

e. Daniel (Daniel 1:7)

a. Abraham (Genesis 17:5)

m. Joshua (Numbers 13:16)

k. Solomon (2 Samuel 12:25)

h. Abednego (Daniel 1:7)

c. Jacob (Genesis 32:28)

i. Baal (Judges 6:32)

f. Shadrach (Daniel 1:7)


There is one name that I purposely left off the list: Yours!


We sing a song in our church titled, “A New Name in Glory.”  That “new name” is a God-given name that identifies every born-again child of God. Isaiah 62:2 says, “And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.”  (Cf. Isaiah 65:15) Revelation 2:17 goes on, “…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”


If you are saved, you have a new name waiting for you in Heaven!  It is unique and it will be yours for all eternity.  How do you get it?  You must repent of your sin (Acts 17:30) and believe God’s Son died to forgive you from them (1 John 3:23).