Who is God ~ The Names of God (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)

Sunday Morning, November 27, 2016
 

Jeremiah 23:1-6 ~ “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore, thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

 

His Placement

  • The background is the overall history of the divided kingdoms
  • Israel had gone into Assyrian captivity 100 years before
  • The land of Judah was full of evil
  • This is the time to which God sent Jeremiah

His preaching

  • This section is part of larger context which begins with chapter 21
  • God issued a strong warning to the unrighteous shepherds in verse 1-2. These shepherds included all the leaders of the nation, both civil and religious.
  • Let’s focus on the religious leaders. Their responsibility was to teach God’s Holy Word.
  • This included His wonderful promises of peace, security, and prosperity if the people obeyed Him.
  • But they were also responsible to teach the people that they would face God’s judgment if they did not keep His holy commandments and meet His demand for righteousness and justice.

His Prediction

  • He points to the coming captivity
  • He predicts a new king on the throne of David
    • He will actually reign
    • His reign will be the realization of the perfection desired for David
  • This king shall be called the “Lord our Righteousness”
    • He is none other than Christ
    • This is none other than millennial rule
    • The name: “The Lord who makes us righteous”

His Principles

  • God requires righteousness
    • This is taught directly and implied throughout
    • This is part of His holiness
  • No man can attain to righteousness alone
    • All men are fatally flawed
    • All human systems fail at this point
  • Only Christ can provide righteousness
    • He is the Lord who makes us righteous
    • God has designed no other source
  • We are made righteous in Christ
    • This comes through salvation
    • This come at the time of salvation
  • We are then to develop righteousness
    • Thus, no façade is provided for the unrighteous
    • Righteousness now becomes a part of our essential character

Conclusion:

There is hope for us. God often moves in the darkest hour, and He will rule and reign. There is a challenge for us. We are righteous, we are to develop righteousness, and we are not to fall back from the righteousness of Christ using an excuse.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

One Response to “Who is God ~ The Names of God (Jehovah-Tsidkenu)”

  1. Susan Hazzard says:

    Outstanding messsge!

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