And he gave Simon the name “Peter,” Bible

“Peter.” Jesus continues the tradition of God and other ancient rulers by changing the names of those whom he rules. Historically, changing someone’s name might be done to prove your power over someone, but Jesus would not have done it if Peter, James and John were not sold out to him. Notice that he does not change Judas’ name. Cp. Gen. 17:5 and 17:15; 32:28; 2 Sam. 12:24 and 12:25; Jer. 20:3; Gen. 41:45; 2 Chron. 36:4; 2 Kings 24:17; Daniel 1:7).

Commentary for: Mark 3:16