|Then Yahweh said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife–her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah.”
In the Bible, there are names known as sacramental names and are so-called because they were names given by Yahweh Himself–or under His inspiration in association with a particular promise, covenant or declaration of His–as to the character, destiny or mission of those distinctly named. Thus, a sacramental name became a sign and seal of an established covenant between Yahweh and the recipient of the name. Sarah received this sacramental name when her name was changed from Sarai to Sarah. Sarah or “chieftainness,” the feminine of Sar, meaning a “captain” or “commander” is repeatedly used in this sense as a common noun as, for instance, by Isaiah who renders it “queen” (Isaiah 49:23). Sarah’s name shows that her role was important as a chief, captain or queen. Though she was not perfect as a woman, Yahweh gave her a name and title of leadership. Many women are given false identities by society, but it’s our identity in the Creator that shows our true calling.