Whose righteousness are you seeking?
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
The word “righteousness” signifies God’s dealings with men under the ideas of justification and acquittal (not just the limited meaning we apply). In the Old Testament one of the conditions of prosperity and continuing to live in the land was the personal righteousness of God’s people (Deut. 25:15). Most religious Jew today still see God as weighing their good and bad deeds on a scale, the verdict coming on the Day of Atonement.
The foundations of Jehovah’s throne are righteousness and justice (Ps 89:14). His people are expected to walk in righteousness, but there’s a big problem. there is none who does good, no not one (Ps 14:3). The Old Testament makes it plain that because of man’s sin, he is unable to attain the righteousness God demands. Therefore, God must supply the righteousness He requires.
Isaiah spoke of a servant who would be wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. Upon Him Jehovah would lay the iniquity of us all and would make His soul an offering for sin. This servant is called “my righteous servant” who would justify many by “bearing their iniquities.” Who could this be? The righteous branch of David and the King of Jeremiah 23:5 Jehovah-Tsidkenu, Jehovah our righteousness.
Israel’s great sin was in seeking to establish a righteous of their own instead of submitting to the righteousness of God (Rom. 10:3). May we not be guilty of the same thing. Our righteousness comes from Jesus, our Jehovah-Tsidkenu.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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