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Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord our Righteousness.
Hey, guys this name was so fun to research and write! To get to the actual name we’re gonna have to do some work. So let’s get to it!
This text where this name is found is actually at the tail end of a message from the prophet Jeremiah. It starts out in Jeremiah 21:11 and goes to 23:8. He starts out by describing what God commands of his kings and pairs it with a warning of his wrath upon the king if he does not care for his sheep. He commanded each one of them generally in 22:2,3 “Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah, . . . Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.” He then goes on to describe how every king since Josiah has failed utterly in this call. This all leads us to chapter 23:1-8 where we want to camp out.
He starts out in verses 1 and 2 talking about the shepherds, or the Kings, that have destroyed and scattered the sheep of God’s pasture (v.1). In verse 2 he continues in how his shepherds have scattered and driven his flock away. The last half he declares that he will, “attend to you,(the bad kings) for your evil deeds”(v.2). From here God begins to unpack his promise to his people, starting in verse 3.
He explains that he will gather the remnant of his flock from all the countries they’ve been driven to(v.3). This promise was partially achieved because of their freedom from Babylon in 585 b.c., but only the southern tribes were released, also known as Judah. The Northern tribes are referred to as Israel are still scattered. In verse 6 it says, “Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely.” This shows that what Jeremiah meant in verse 3, is that both the Northern and Southern tribes will be gathered together to fulfill that prophecy.
Verse 4 goes into present day Israel. If this verse is taken alone it may seem as if it is completely fulfilled because the majority of Jews have returned to their homeland. Taken in the light of verse 5 though, it is shown that again it is only partial fulfillment. They have returned to their land, but without the Son of David, they’ve come back with no King. But who is that king? And where is He?
This King that Jeremiah prophesied about has already come. His name is Jesus Christ. The problem is that the majority of Jews don’t recognize him as the righteous branch, as the good and wise King. By doing this the prophecy is not only unfulfilled, but they are going against the very name of God used in verse 6. Jehovah-Tsidkenu means that God is our righteousness; he has provided it for us through his son Jesus. So by saying the prophecy is fulfilled, that means that Israel dwells in prosperity and security. Clearly, the prophecy says that is impossible without Christ.
What does all this mean to the church, as a Christian today? Paul explains in Ephesians 2:8-10,“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” This is how Jehovah-Tsidkenu works out for us. Were given his righteousness through him saving us by his grace and covering us with the blood of Christ, so that we can be in relation to him for eternity.