Jehovah Tsidkenu (God Our Righteousness)
As Communism in Russia began to lift, thousands began to search for their spiritual roots. The following letter was sent to Jack Kozial, a fellow Christian broadcaster. "I want to know definitely whether there is a God or if you are just deceiving the people. If you are as certain about God's existence as you preach and sing about Him, then I straightaway would want to believe in Him the same way as you do." The listener then begged for a Bible so he could read the record for himself.
Living without God under Communism for seventy-three years reveals the darkness of the human soul that makes people cry out, "God, wherever You are, whoever You are, we want to know You!" Jeremiah used an expression for God, calling Him Jehovah Tsidkenu or The Lord our Righteousness. But what is righteousness?
Sometimes we better understand something by knowing its opposite. And what is the opposite of righteousness? In a word, depravity! In our world of baseness, we understand that God, being righteous, is the very opposite of what we describe as sin in the world.
Paul tells us forgiveness with God for our depravity is "not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy" (Titus 3:5). When we become His children, God replaces our depravity with God's righteousness. here's the record: "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).
"The days are coming." declares the Lord, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King, who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 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 Righteousness." JEREMIAH 23:5-6