How can we lose a sense of righteousness when our God is Jehovah Tsidkenu?
John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
Today we press forward to yet a broader revelation of His Manifested Name – the Name of Jehovah Tsidkenu, or the Lord my Righteousness. I find it interesting that when we speak of the redemptive names of Jehovah, the nomenclature terms of Rapha (Healer), Jireh (Provider), and Shammah (Peace) are the most often recalled, while the one we examine today, Tsidkenu (Righteousness), seems to be so difficult to call forth to quick memory. I realize there could be many reasons, especially relating to song titles and lyrics. Still, for us to solidly embrace the easily remembered names, and especially to have them manifest in our daily living, we must realize that they are all tied together, and without Tsidkenu, we basically handicap ourselves to be recipients of the full complement of redemptive names.
While the same work at Calvary that purchased our righteousness also purchased our peace, healing, and provision, is it not notable that redemption always seems to point FIRST at righteousness, leaving healing, peace, and provision to follow? Once again, don’t misunderstand my words. Our redemption from the curse of law has been completed by the Lord Jesus, but it has NEVER been the intention of our God that we should walk in only PART of the plan of redemption, but in ALL of it. And since faith works by love, and the love of God is to keep His Commandments, righteousness, right standing with God, and ultimately our personal identity in Him might be called the forerunner to the completeness of redemption as it should be known in this age. To that end, I offer you 1 Corinthians 1:30 – “But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, Who if God is made unto you wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”
Of late I have become clearly aware of a cultural phenomenon at some level in every church I have attended. In some it is not so noticeable, but it others, it is painfully obvious. The Bible teaches that the church is the salt of the earth. The church should be seasoning the world. Sadly, today, it appears that the world is seasoning the church. One should put salt on mean to season and preserve it. Yet today it seems the meat is being brought into the church to use it up. Righteousness salts. The world corrupts. The question is, what is being applied to what? Let us focus on the work of righteousness, and not the popularity of what the world consumes. And hold to this wonderful thought – JESUS IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21; John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37