(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)
This name, Jehovah Tsidkenu, appears in the Old Testament over a hundred times in various forms, six of those times in Jeremiah. Our featured Scripture is Jeremiah 23:5 and 6:
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgement and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHT- EOUSNESS”
Jeremiah 33:15 and 16 says almost the same thing. THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS is Jehovah Tsidkenu. In Hebrew, the word Tsidkenu is צֶדֶק (pronounced tseh’-dek) meaning “…justice, rightness, righteousness….” (Brown-Driver-Brigg’s Hebrew Defiinitions). In the Old Testament as well as the New, The LORD (is) our righteousness! In several translations, the phrase is capitalized, as if the prophet wanted to shout it to the world!
Some Bible teachers differentiate between how the Old and New Testaments present the way to gain righteousness (to be right with God). But He says in Malachi 3:6, “…I am the LORD, I do not change.” It has been and always will be, “…the righteousness…of God [is] by faith…”!
- Why did God in heaven reach out for us? Because we read in Isaiah 64:6, “…we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [the very best we can do] are like filthy [mentruous] rags [before God]; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” His highest creation is alienated from Him because of sin!
- We read in Genesis 3:21 that “…for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” This speaks of His righteousness clothed upon them! As it says in Isaiah 61:10:
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the gar- ments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
✡ In their innocence, “
...they were both naked,
the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
(Genesis 2:25). But when they sinned by diso-
beying God’s command (see Genesis 2:15-17; 3:
...the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they knew that they were naked; and they
sewed fig leaves together and made themselves
” (Genesis 3:7).
✡ God-provided animal skin coverings for them (the
That speaks of His righteous-
ness given when Adam and Eve confessed their sin
(sort of! see Genesis 3:12, 13)
and turned back
So how do we know they were given the
LORD’s righteousness, and were saved?
➔ God gave them the promise of a Savior in
Genesis 3:15 (the LORD speaking to
pent – Satan incarnate
...I will put en-
mity between you and the woman, and between
your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your
head, and you shall bruise His heel.
and Eve received and believed that promise!
➔ When their first son was born, Eve exclaimed,
“I have gotten a man from the LORD...”! (Gene-
That’s faith!But Cain did not turn
out to be
a man from the LORD
for he murdered
his brother Abel!
(see Genesis 4:2-8). So
ther one of the first two could be the Deliver-
er who would crush the serpant’s head!
➔ Genesis 4:25 (International Standard Version) –
...Adam had sexual relations with his wife, she
gave birth to a son and named him Seth, because
‘God granted me another offspring to replace Abel,
since Cain murdered him.’
” She was saying, “
deliverer couldn’t be Cain because he was a bad
one! Able is dead....so it must be Seth who will
crush the serpent’s head!
” That’s faith!
➔ Another clue is found in Genesis 3:20 – “
called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the
mother of all living.
In the midst of death and
destruction because of their sin, Adam said of his
“...she [is] the mother of all living...”!
✡ Adam and Eve had faith, and received righteousness!
- God showed Abraham the stars of the sky, and spoke to him of the sand on the shore of the sea! “So shall your descendants be.” He said in Genesis 15:5.
✡ The next verse is very important, Genesis 15:6: “And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD, and He [God] accounted it to him for righteousness.” ✡ So important is this Genesis verse, that Paul, in Romans 4:18 through 25, quoted it as part of one of the great- est statements about receiving the LORDS righteousness by faith: ...contrary to hope, [Abraham] in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was ac- counted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
- David experienced the freely-given righteousness of God! He testified of this in Psalm 32:1 and 2, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity….”
- A ‘picture’ of God’s gift of righteousness is found in Zechariah 3:1 through 5:
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the
Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to
oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you,
Satan!” ...Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and
was standing before the Angel
spoke to those who stood
before Him..., “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And
...He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity
from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And...they
put a clean turban on his head, and put the clothes on him.
✡ Even the high priest was dirty standing in his own
✡ He, like everyone else, needed the LORD’s cleansing,
and to be given the righteousness of God!
- Some day, perhaps soon, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, David’s descendant, will split the skies, and return to rule the earth!
✡ In that day, Israel will be cleansed of sin (see Zech- ariah 13:1), receive God’s righteousness (see Romans 11:26), and dwell with their King in His kingdom! (see Isaiah 33:14-22; 65:17-25; Zechariah 14:8-11). ✡ Christians, according to Revelation 20:6, will reign with their Savior and Lord! (see also Luke 19:15-19).
In the New Testament, the veil is pulled back so we can more clearly see that the salvation of our God is by His gift to us of righteousness, and not by our works!
- II Corinthians 5:21 – “For He [the Father] made Him [the Son, Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
✞ Jesus voluntarily went to the cross where He died bearing our sins! (see I Peter 2:24; 3:18). ✞ He totally paid our sin-debt before God! (see Colos- sians 2:13, 14). ✞ He arose from the grave, a victor over death, sin, hell, and Satan himself! (see II Timothy 1:10; Heb- rews 2:14, 15). ✞ And He lives forever to receive all who come to Him by faith believing! (see Matthew 11:28-30; John 6:37; Revelation 1:18) ✞ Now all we have to do is believe what He accomplished is for every one of us; and confessing our sins, ask Him to be our Savior! (see II Corinthians 5:14, 15). ✞ Paul, quoting Joel 2:32, tells us in Romans 10:13, “For ‘whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.’”
- Ephesians 2:8, 9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
- Titus 3:5 – “…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit….”
His name is Jehovah Tsidkenu, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !
Are you trying to earn His favor?
Have you received His gift of righteousness?