The LORD our Righteousness

In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. (Jeremiah 33:15,16).

   Whenever capital letters are used in the scriptures as LORD, it is saying that in the original Hebrew text that God’s name, YHWH, is being used. Thus in these verses we are being shown that the Branch of righteousness, a reference to the Messiah, is also the LORD our righteousness. The Messiah is also being referred to as God.

Through the Messiah Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, His righteousness, which is also God's righteousness, is imparted to us, and we can say as the scriptures show, that the LORD is our righteousness. We are saved and dwell safely as fear of death is removed, dissolved by the promise God gives us through faith in our Redeemer Jesus.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

One of the foreshadows of our redemption is illustrated for us in the Passover account. The Israelites were instructed to put the blood of a sacrificed, unblemished lamb on the lintel and doorposts of their houses and their firstborn would be spared from death. We are shown that when God sees the blood on the door posts, the LORD will “pass over the door, and will not permit the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you” (Exodus 12:23).

We see in this beautiful and remarkable typology, God putting Himself between death and shielding the believer from destruction because of the Messiah’s blood on the entrance to our souls. God who is our imparted righteousness through the Messiah, protects us and comes between us and death when He sees the blood of His only begotten Son.

Our Father’s righteousness is ours because of Jesus’ loving sacrifice. It is a gift to celebrate all year round, every day in our hearts for eternity.

Copyright 2020 by H. D. Shively

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