On our continuing journey learning the suffix names of Jehovah God we will look at Jehovah Tsidkenu, which means “the LORD Our Righteousness.” We discover this name in the Book of Jeremiah 23:4-6, which reads as follows:
“And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice 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.”
So, what do we learn from these scriptures? The leaders (pastors) of Israel were not teaching the people truth regarding the Word of God, they vexed the people of God with ungodly laws. The leaders compromised the Word of God with their own laws, and everyone began doing what was right in their own eyes. This is confirmed in Jeremiah 22:3 “thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.” The children of Israel were to be “holy” as the LORD is “Holy,” but as we read here, holiness and righteousness didn’t exist. Unjust laws were created to accommodate leaders advancements, which oppressed the people causing them to stray from the LORD. The LORD had Jeremiah speak a message to the leaders and to the people that He was going to raise up a “Righteous Branch!” That Righteous Branch is Jesus!
Today’s culture is no different than Biblical days! We have compromised the Laws of God by creating laws that oppose God’s righteousness, causing people to stray from God. These laws have lead people astray from God’s Truth. Just like God separated Himself from the sins of the children of Israel, He separates Himself from the sins of today’s culture. We have implemented laws that call good evil and evil is now called good. Unfortunately, creating laws that oppose the righteousness of God does not void God’s law, all that commit sin will be held accountable before God. All that oppose God and His righteousness will one day stand before God and bow the knee! God’s standard is that of Righteousness and He doesn’t negotiate His standard!
Righteousness comes only from God! A person or nation living in unrighteousness is surely headed for a decline. In order to live a righteous life, we need to know Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Israelite nation is our example of what happens to a nation that does not follow Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Why do we need to live a righteous life? Righteousness exposes areas where sin has infected (like a disease) our relationship with God. So, as the LORD spoke to Jeremiah, He sent the “Righteous Branch – Jesus Christ!” Jesus came to earth and lived 33 years a sinless life and died on the CROSS to pay the penalty for sin. When an individual asks the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins and accepts Him as their Savior, a miraculous exchange takes place in the spirit realm. A seed of righteousness is then planted into that individual’s spirit. That person’s sins are exchanged for the “righteousness of Christ Jesus” (He now becomes our “Tsidkenu”)! We become a new creature in Christ Jesus, and as a new creature in Christ we need to feed the seed planted in our spirit, if we don’t our Christian life will be a struggle. Friends, we must feed and nourish this seed.
We feed and nourish our seed of righteousness by studying the Word of God. The Word of God will teach us Truths for living a righteous life. The Truths found in God’s Word will help us in separating ourselves from the ungodly laws, ways, and customs of this present world.
We feed and nourish our seed of righteousness by “putting on Christ Jesus” every day. Galatians 2:20 is a great scripture to memorize that will remind us to “put on Christ Jesus” daily – “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
We feed and nourish our seed of righteousness by allowing Holy Spirit to transform our mind as stated in Romans 12:2 “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
We feed and nourish our seed of righteousness by glorifying God in all we do and by all we say. We need to align our thoughts and actions to according to the Word of God. We need to weigh our decision-making by the Word of God. In other words, our lives should be a “living example read and known by men” that we are children of the “Most High God.”
A great price was paid for the penalty of sin and salvation, which offers Believers eternal life, so don’t let the seed in your spirit lay dormant. Feed and nourish the seed of righteousness so that you will be transformed daily to become Christ-like. Living for Christ, allowing His seed of righteousness to grow within us and to mature us is the greatest act we will ever do, for the dictates of this world will only lead to eternal damnation.
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