My dear friend Kathie joins us for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday to discuss what it means for us to call God Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Jehovah Tsidkneu – “God of Righteousness”
The name Tsidkneu comes from the Hebrew word tsedeq or the Aramaic word tsidqah, meaning righteousness. Tsedeq is the more popular form, appearing throughout the Bible in both its male and female forms 276 times.
The word tsedeq is unique in that it has concrete meaning as a legal term as well as a relational meaning. The male form (tsedeq) is more often used to describe a legal state, while the feminine one (tsedaqah) is more often used in poetic literature (go figure).
Christ is our Righteousness.
The foundational Bible verse where God declares this name for himself is in Jeremiah 23:6, where the Lord is proclaiming a time when a king will come and save Israel, a prophecy of Christ.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”Jeremiah 23:5-6, English Standard Version
Because of the Fall, our only hope for reunification with God is to be justified and found in the right – or righteous – again. And we know from the Word of God that Christ is the path to this righteousness, the ultimate judge of our hearts.
Legally Declared Righteous
Both tsedeq and tsedaqah describe legal conformity with the written law of the land, but also conformity to God of Righteousness himself. I think this is a beautiful picture of the give and take relationship between God and His children. When we seek rightness through Him, He will honor it, because he is the basis for righteousness itself. We can find no better example of justice than in God’s judgment and in his ultimate grace and mercy.
We see the righteous branch God promised when Christ appears on the scene. In Romans 10:4, Christ is called “the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (ESV)
The “end” could be seen in two ways: as our goal for righteousness, continually seeking Him in faith; and as the conclusion of the old ways of righteousness according to Jewish law. Christ was and is the beginning of the new righteousness, aptly earning him the name Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Are you seeking righteousness through your own means, or through the Word today? Remember, you have been justified by the blood of Christ. Seek His righteousness today!What does it mean for you to call God Jehovah Tsidkenu? #jehovahtsidkenu @KathieBHarris #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Kathie Harris is an awarding-winning writer who’s spent her entire life as an Army dependent and loves raising her four kids in the lifestyle. She founded kathiebharris.com in the hopes of educating families considering adoption as well as starting discussions on racial reconciliation.
Kathie offers freelance content marketing services and is currently working on her first historical fiction novel. When she’s not drinking coffee and wrangling kids, she’s sneaking in a few minutes with a good book!
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