In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.Jeremiah 23:6
Suppose you invite me over for dinner and decide to make me an omelet. When you pull the eggs out of the fridge you realize you’ve got two good ones, and one rotten, spoiled, egg. You need at least three for an omelet of sufficient size to feed us. You think to yourself that surely the two good ones will make up for the one rotten one. Is that true? Will that work? Of course not! We would both be sick!
It is the same with sin! Just one tiny sin makes us unrighteous. We can never do enough good to make up for that one bad thing! Tsidkenu comes from the word tsedik which means ‘righteous’. Righteous means to be straight or stiff. It carries the idea of being righteous, honest, right, justice, accurate, truth, integrity. It implies being in a right relationship with God. This name shows up in 2 Scriptures in the Old Testament, both in Jeremiah. Here’s the thing … God is holy and righteous and He cannot have anything to do with unrighteousness. Before you start to argue, remember the omelet. Isaiah 64:6 has a really powerful look at this idea:
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
For many years I didn’t completely understand the depth of the implication of “filthy rags”. It isn’t just referring to dirty towels … it is referring to menstrual cloths. Doesn’t that give you a picture? That is what our RIGHTEOUSNESS looks like! Can you imagine the depth of disgust that our sin looks like? There are several passages that demonstrate to us what our unrighteousness leads to:
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.1 Corinthians 6:9-10
But, Hallelujah! I am so thankful that Jesus came!
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Corinthians 5:21
Thank you, Jesus for coming to this earth and saving a wretch like me! Thank you for covering me in Your righteousness so that I may enter the Kingdom of God.
Trust Him to be your righteousness. Don’t hold onto your plan of being good enough! You can never be good enough to get yourself into Heaven.