Summary: Jehovah Tsidkenu The LORD our Righteousness. A look at how Jesus' did enough for all of us. He is our righteousness
Jehovah Tsidkenu The LORD our Righteousness
Introduction: I wish I could do more justice to the substance of our message tonight. The Meaning of 'Tsidkenu' comes from the word 'Tsedek' which means “righteousness.” 'Tsedek' is translated hundreds of times as right, righteous, righteousness, just, justify, declare innocent. But to put it simply it means 'to do that which is right'. This name for God reminds us that God will always do what is right.
“And Pharoah sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are Wicked.” Exodus 9:27
“The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.” Psalm 129:4
Notice that even pharaoh in his hard heart admits that the Lord is righteous. Some day every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Honestly, The Lord is the only one who is through and through righteous, as in perfect righteousness. Man can never attain that righteousness by his own efforts.
“As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:10
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6
There was a time when lepers would cry out in the streets “Unclean” “Unclean” a warning to everyone that someone who had a horrible and infectious disease was coming through, and everyone that heard him his voice should move away or else you might catch his disease. Do you remember the humiliation and desperation intimated in the Tax collectors voice when he cried out “God be merciful to me a sinner”? With the same humiliation and desperation, we all should be shouting out to God like the leper “Unclean!” “Unclean!” because we all have a moral leprosy that is constantly infecting others, like a bad virus in the family that keeps getting passed around to one another.
Just as Adam and Eve tried to hide their shame with figs leaves, We try to hide our shame with works of righteousness and those clothes are but filthy rags before a Holy Lord that sees through them and into a heart that is deceitful and above all things desperately wicked. As one scholar put it even our repentance need to be repented of. Even in the best deeds of the best men, even in the most pious, God fearing, Bible believing, Church honoring men there is still some stain of evil on their lives. They can't run to an obscure monastery somewhere to escape it because it is on their soul forever. They can't wash that Satanic stain away with many good deeds and many good words and with many good qualities. This is like trying to wash your clothes with mud. The presumption that our works would make our sins go away makes our clothes all the more dirty in God's eyes.
I can already hear some clever person suggesting: “What if, at birth, you were separated from all of the sinful influences in the world and grew up alone in the wilderness like John the Baptist?” I can tell you that it still wouldn't matter. We have an inherent disease that has been imputed to us by our first father, Adam. The disease is sin. It doesn't matter how athletic some people are or how physically capable they are at doing hard tasks. They can be as 'strong as an ox' and 'fit as a fiddle' but if they've inherited a deadly disease they will be 'dead as doornail', as a result. We must understand that because of someone else we ALL fell. “For ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Because of an inherited disease we are doomed to die. There is no nice way to say it, just as there is no nice way to hear from our doctor that we have terminal cancer. We have a terminal spiritual cancer called sin and there is absolutely nothing we, ourselves can do about its terminal consequences! The wages of sin is death.
If we fell because of someone else then our only hope is that we must rise because of someone else. If we are condemned because of our sin nature that was inherited to us then we must be redeemed by someone sinless or there is no hope. If by our ancestor Adam we are condemned to die then by someone else we must be pardoned to live. I Corinthians 15:47 says “The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven.” Jesus was son of man, he had flesh and blood like his mother Mary but unlike Adam with his sin nature, who is the father of us all; Jesus' received his divine nature from his divine father. Thus he was fully man and fully God. Jeremiah prophesied that such a person would come to redeem us all.