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Abram and Sarai
by Wayne Blank
"a father of many nations have I made thee ... she shall be a mother of nations"
Abram (pronounced in Hebrew awb-rawm) means high father, while Abraham (pronounced in Hebrew awb-raw-hawm) means father of a multitude i.e. a righteous elder was chosen to become the progenitor of many nations.
"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect. And I will make My covenant [see also Covenant and Testament] between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly."
Sarai (pronounced in Hebrew saw-rah-ee) means noble woman, while Sarah (pronounced in Hebrew saw-raw) means princess. As with Abram's name change to Abraham, Sarai's singularly noble name was multiplied in meaning to Sarah.
"And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience]: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her." (Genesis 17:15-16 KJV)
Fact Finder: Was Jesus Christ a direct descendant of Abraham and Sarah through their child Isaac?