The Names of God – Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord Our Righteousness

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Justice and righteousness originate in God, and he invites us to pursue them in our lives and in the world. This week, Adam kicks off our sermon series on the names of God with Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord Our Righteousness.

 Jeremiah 23:1 – 6 

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LordTherefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord“I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
    and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
    and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
    Jehovah Tsidkenu [The Lord Our Righteousness].

The leaders of Jeremiah’s day, who should have been shepherding and caring for the people, were instead abusing and scattering them. Here, Jeremiah proclaims that God is just and righteous, and he prophesies that God will raise up new shepherds who will care about the people. What is more, God will raise up a Messiah, a Good Shepherd, who will not only reflect the righteousness of God, but will be our righteousness. Jesus as our righteousness is a major theme of the New Testament: He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The desire we have for justice and righteousness originates in God, and Jesus invites us to actively pursue his righteousness in our lives and in our world. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

  1. Is there a particular name you tend to use in referring to and/or addressing God? What does this name evoke for you? 
  2. What are some dangers self-righteousness can lead to, and how do you know when you’re leaning on your own self-righteousness and when you’re trusting in Christ and his righteousness?
  3. What is one area in which you long to see justice and righteousness flourishing in our world? 
  4. In light of the passage and this conversation, what is one way, little or large, that God might be inviting you to pursue righteousness in your life or in the world this week?