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(The Lord Our Righteousness)
This NAME of God Our Father occurs only 2 times. Jehovah Tsidkenu is first used in (Jer 23:6). Jehovah Tzidkaynu; Jehovah Tsidqenuw — the Lord our God spoke to us.
"The Existing One" The ALMIGHTY ONE, The One Who Is All Righteousness. "to be" or "to exist" as The God of All Righteousness. It also suggests "to become" RIGHTEOUS or specifically "to become known" as RIGHTEOUS - this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Tsedek (tseh'-dek), from which Tsidkenu derived, means "to be stiff," "to be straight," or "righteous" in Hebrew - and in english "right living" — Jehovah Tsidkenu — can be translated as "The Lord Who is our Righteousness."
As a man, a carnal being, a person with worldly appetites, lust, unforgiveness in my heart, a person who expresses anger with others - even those I love! I AM A SINNER ... and my "righteousness" is like the old , ugly, nasty wrappings that you would remove from a lepers sores --- compared to the "Righteousness of God".
HOWEVER, as satan, the father of lies, goes about trying to convince me of my un-righteousness - I must focus on the TRUTH! The truth in this matter is as follows: If I accept the "blood of Jesus" that was shed for me, and confess my sins and ask God's forgiveness, He is "righteous to forgive me" ... and having died on Calvary's Tree, and shed His BLOOD so that I might have life, and have it more abundantly ... JESUS CHRIST becomes my own brother, and His Father - MY FATHER! OUR FATHER!!
I have no "righteousness" in and of myself, but my righteousness comes through the "blood of Jesus" only! I claim that "blood covering" according to God's Word, and I pray that it would be always on the "doorpost" of my heart, so that God might passover me and not punish me as my deeds deserve.
When Jeremiah (Jer 23:5-6) refers to the LORD of Righteousness, the kingdom of Judah was almost ready to fall. Judah had been warned that their conduct would lead to a captivity because they had sinned grievously. There conduct, however, would not thwart the plan of God for His people. Although Judah would fall and it would appear that there would never be a kingdom predicted by the prophets, God would raise up a King from David’s family that would reign eternally (II Samuel 7:16-17). He would be God’s true king, the Messiah (a Righteous Branch), and Israel would be regathered (Ezekiel 37:1 -14). Jeremiah 23:5, 6 and 33:16 read, “Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a r ighteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (ts id k enu)...In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” The Hebrew w ord from which we get “righteousness” is tsadak which means “straight,” or “right;” in the future tense it means “to be just,” ”righteous,” “equitable” or “to be in the right.” It sometimes represents God’s dealings with men under the ideas of righteousness, justification and acquittal. The prophet Isaiah, however, puts our righteousness is perspective when he wrote (Isaiah 64:6), “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our r ighteous ness es are as filthy rags;...” How, then, can a man be justified before God? Christ Jesus is our Jehovah-Tsidkenu.
There is a companion Scripture in Jeremiah 33:15, 16, which could be compared with Jeremiah 23:5, 6 above; although on the surface they seem to read the same, there is a difference. Jeremiah 33:15, 16 reads, “In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name by which she shall be called, THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSN ESS.” In the first reference (Jeremiah 23:5, 6) we are told of “the Name whereby He shall be called,” and in the latter reference (Jeremiah 33:15, 16) we have “the Name whereby she shall be called.” What the Lord Jehovah is in Himself, He proposes to make His beloved people on earth. The implication is that the Title of Jehovah is applicable to both the Lord Jesus Christ and His people. One writer has rightly paraphrased “Jehovah Tsidkenu” as “the Lord is the Author of our prosperity;” or, more strictly, “of the justification of our claims in the sight of our enemies. The prophet Isaiah points this out in Isaiah 45:24, 25; 50:8, 9; 54:17; 58:8; and 62:1, 2.
In the Pentateuch God demands just and right relationship between the children of Israel such as just measures, weights and balances. Leviticus 19:35, 36 read, “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in measure of length, in weight, in quantity. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God...” Deuteronomy 25:15 reads, “But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight; a perfect and just measure shall thou have, that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” No cheating is allowed by God. Our country is represented by a blindfolded female holding in her hands a pair of balanced scales. Israel was to be just in her dealings with her fellowman (Job 31:6). Since Jehovah God is righteous and just, He requires the same of His people. Much of the Hebrew law concerning righteousness and justice has found its way in the laws of our great land.
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul is the promoter of righteousness; furthermore, he reminds us that we have no righteousness within ourselves. If we are to see a holy and righteous God, we must have the imputed righteousness of our Savior. In Romans 3:21 - 23 Paul writes, “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” He states further that through Adam, we received the inclination to sin but the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ brings about justification before God. In Romans 5:18, “Therefore, as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” It is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we have the imputed righteousness of God by which we can stand before a righteous God. Paul (and every believer) is “...found in him (Christ), not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith;...” (Romans 9:30).
So the Lord Jesus Christ is our Righteousness. Paul states in I Corinthians 1:30, 31, “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; that, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Furthermore, he writes in II Corinthians 5:21, “For he (God) hath made him (Christ Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”