Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23: 6; 33: 16). God reveals Himself as Jehovah Tsidkenu twice in Scripture, in (Jeremiah 23: 6) and (Jeremiah 33:16). Both passages are similar, and the latter reads (beginning in v.15), “In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness (referring to Jesus) to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgement and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called “The Lord our righteousness.”
The word translated “righteousness” comes from the word “tsedeq”, which means “the right (natural, moral, or legal)” and which itself comes from the word “tsadaq”, which means “to make right; to cleanse.”
In (Romans 3: 10) we read, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” And later in that same chapter we read, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
As I’ve heard one person put it: we often hear people express concern over the evil in the world but what about the evil in us?
When God gave the law to the Israelites, showing them the standard for right and wrong, it was not for the purpose of making them righteous the law was incapable of doing that. Instead, the law exposed to them how they fell short of righteousness (and it exposes the same to us).
I recently heard it phrased this way: The law was like a mirror, exposing sin. I can look in a mirror and see I have dirt on my face, but I don’t rub my face into the mirror to try to clean the dirt off. The law exposes, but it cannot cleanse.
But there is One Who can cleanse us. (2 Corinthians 5: 21) says, “For our sake he [God] made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.
Unlike any other “religion”, Christianity is not a belief system. It’s a person: the person of Jesus Christ. The same chapter in Corinthians says that “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold; all things are become new.”
We can never be righteous before God through our own efforts. (Ephesians 2: 8-9) says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We can be righteous before God only because the pure and spotless one-the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ- took our place and took the punishment for our sin. He is the Lord our Righteousness.