Who Told You To Change Your Name?

Who Told You To Change Her Name?

Scriptures: Genesis 2:22-23 & 3:20

Gen 2:22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

Gen 2:23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

Gen 3:20 Now the man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all {the} living.

In the renaming of Woman to that of Eve, Adam did not just change her name; he changed the relationship between him and his wife. The original meaning of the name Woman came from the heart and mouth of Adam; when he first lays eyes on her. Everything within him knew she was his helper, and he received her as such. However, after the fall in Genesis, chapter 3, when Adam was reprimanded by God because of his sinful state, Adam made a conscious decision to rename the wife that God had given to him. The words he spoke, "Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh," means the substance of who he was and a part of himself. However, now, his view of her had changed. He renamed her based on how he saw her after the fall.


When Adam changed the name of his wife, he changed her position in his heart. He changed who she was to him. That is what sin will do to the core. Sin will shift one's perspective of the perfect divine will of God of his or her life. Sin will also change one's view of what God has said initially, and subconsciously trick us into believing the opposite of what God has already spoken.



After God has spoken a thing in your heart, make sure to be careful not to change the purpose of what He has spoken; for in renaming, or trying to reclassify something in our life, does not reverse what God has said. What God has said will be, even if it takes a lifetime for Him to reshape and remodel us into our original purpose of His design. The rib of man was used for a specific purpose, and no matter how He tried to rename it, from Woman to Eve, the original intent remained.



Dear God, help me to speak life over the people that you have put into my life. Help me to speak purpose over those you have entrusted to me, and help me see people as you see them. From this day forward, I will speak purpose, vision, and destiny into the lives of others that you have assigned me. I refuse to speak words that are contrary to your will over my life, or the lives of others. Thank you, Father God, for the right word to speak, in the right season. In Jesus Name, Amen.


Strong's Concordance Definition:

Genesis 2:23


This: 2088

1) this, this one, here, which, this...that, the one...the other, another, such

a) (alone)

1) this one

2) this...that, the one...the other, another

b) (appos to subst)

1) this

c) (as predicate)

1) this, such

d) (enclitically)

1) then

2) who, whom

3) how now, what now

4) what now

5) wherefore now

6) behold here

7) just now

8) now, now already

e) (poetry)


1) wherein, which, those who

f) (with prefixes)

1) in this (place) here, then

2) on these conditions, herewith, thus provided, by, through this, for this cause, in this matter

3) thus and thus

4) as follows, things such as these, accordingly, to that effect, in like manner, thus and thus

5) from here, hence, on one side...on the other side

6) on this account

7) in spite of this, which, whence, how


said: 559

1) to say, speak, utter

a) (Qal) to say, to answer, to say in one's heart, to think, to command, to promise, to intend

b) (Niphal) to be told, to be said, to be called

c) (Hithpael) to boast, to act proudly

d) (Hiphil) to avow, to avouch


is now: 6471

1) stroke, beat, foot, step, anvil, occurrence

a) foot, hoof-beat, footfall, footstep

b) anvil

c) occurrence, time, stroke, beat

1) one time, once, twice, thrice, as time on time, at this repetition, this once, now at length, now...now, at one time...at another


of my bones: 6106

1) bone, essence, substance

a) bone

1) body, limbs, members, external body

b) bone (of animal)

c) substance, self


and flesh: 1320

1) flesh

a) of the body

1) of humans

2) of animals

b) the body itself

c) male organ of generation (euphemism)

d) kindred, blood-relations

e) flesh as frail or erring (man against God)

f) all living things

g) animals

h) mankind


she shall be called: 7121

1) to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim

a) (Qal)

1) to call, cry, utter a loud sound

2) to call unto, cry (for help), call (with name of God)

3) to proclaim

4) to read aloud, read (to oneself), read

5) to summon, invite, call for, call and commission, appoint, call and endow

6) to call, name, give name to, call by


b) (Niphal)

1) to call oneself

2) to be called, be proclaimed, be read aloud, be summoned, be named

c) (Pual) to be called, be named, be called out, be chosen

Woman: 802

1) woman, wife, female

a) woman (opposite of man)

b) wife (woman married to a man)

c) female (of animals)

d) each, every (pronoun)


She was taken: 3947

1) to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away

a) (Qal)

1) to take, take in the hand

2) to take and carry along

3) to take from, take out of, take, carry away, take away

4) to take to or for a person, procure, get, take possession of, select, choose, take in marriage, receive, accept

5) to take up or upon, put upon

6) to fetch

7) to take, lead, conduct

8) to take, capture, seize

9) to take, carry off

10) to take (vengeance)

b) (Niphal)

1) to be captured

2) to be taken away, be removed

3) to be taken, brought unto

c) (Pual)


1) to be taken from or out of

2) to be stolen from

3) to be taken captive

4) to be taken away, be removed

d) (Hophal)


1) to be taken unto, be brought unto

2) to be taken out of

3) to be taken away

e) (Hithpael)

1) to take hold of oneself

2) to flash about (of lightning)


Out of man: 376


a) man, male (in contrast to woman, female)

b) husband

c) human being, person (in contrast to God)

d) servant

e) mankind

f) champion

g) great man

2) whosoever

3) each (adjective)


Genesis: 3:20


Name: 8034

1) name

a) name

b) reputation, fame, glory

c) the name (as designation of God)

d) memorial, monument


Eve: 2332

Eve = "life" or "living"

1) the first woman, wife of Adam


She was the mother: 517

1) mother

a) of humans

b) of Deborah's relationship to the people (fig.)

c) of animals

2) point of departure or division


of all: 3605

1) all, the whole

a) all, the whole of

b) any, each, every, anything

c) totality, everything


the living: 2416

1) living, alive

a) green (of vegetation)

b) flowing, fresh (of water)

c) lively, active (of man)

d) reviving (of the springtime)


n m

2) relatives

3) life (abstract emphatic)

a) life

b) sustenance, maintenance


n f

4) living thing, animal

a) animal

b) life

c) appetite

d) revival, renewal

5) community



Blue Letter Bible. "Book of Beginnings - Genesis 2 - (NASB - New American Standard Bible)." Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2010. 1 Jan 2010.  http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Gen&c=2&t=NASB


Blue Letter Bible. "Book of Beginnings - Genesis 3 - (NASB - New American Standard Bible)." Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2010. 1 Jan 2010.  http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Gen&c=3&t=NASB

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