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 (Jer. 23:6 KJV)
The phrase “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” is a translation of the Hebrew words “Jehovah Tsidkenu”. The Prophet Jeremiah was speaking prophetically about the days of the Messiah during the days of a king in Judah called Zedekiah. The name Zedekiah means “the Lord our righteousness”. However, the very history of Zedekiah’s life teaches us that the Lord was certainly not referring to him but to a coming king, that is, the Messiah.
Furthermore, the history of Israel as a nation under the law shows us that the Lord was certainly not their righteousness. The LORD demanded righteousness from the people through the Law rather than giving it to them. The scripture says “For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them “(Rom. 10:5 KJV).
However, the believer in Christ is so privileged and crowned by grace. The scripture says
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom. 8:3-4 KJV)
This is the fulfillment of the Lord who is our righteousness! God has given righteousness to you as a gift through faith in the finished work of Christ!
Why was the law unable to make the people righteous under the first covenant as seen in Romans 10:3-4 above? Declare that “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, a manifestation of the fulfillment of Jehovah Tsidkenu!”
APPLY THE WORD
Be conscious of who you are. You are designed to be a living expression of God’s religiousness. Live it out!
Thank the Lord for graciously giving you the gift of righteousness by faith through the death of Jesus His Son.
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