“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, an Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The Lord our righteousness.'” (Jehovah-Tsidkenu) –Jeremiah 23:4-5.

The Lord here gives us a new promise of the coming King of kings and Lord of lords! The One who would be our righteousness; providing for us what we cannot provide for ourselves. In fact, He becomes to us what He requires of us! You see, righteousness involves being in right standing with God. The goal is not to just do what God says but to become like Him. Only Jesus could provide this. We cannot, and there is no other god who can save us and make us righteous. “But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Christ Jesus for all those who believe; for there is no distinction” (Romans 3:21-22).

God has given to us what the Law required, and that righteousness imparted through Christ brings reconciliation. The 16th Century theologian Zacharius Ursinus said, “God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.” “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).

Proverbs 10, 11, and 13 describe the results of righteousness. Take the next three days to read these three chapters and discover again what Christ has done in you and through you! You will never be the same again!

These are His sheep–they shall not want, Jehovah-Roi is their Shepherd. Jehovah-Jireh, their Provider, promises a new branch. This is His name by which He will be called, the Lord our Righteousness.

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