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His Name in You is Great Week 9 – Jehovah Tsidkenu

KNOWING YAHWEH TSIDKENU!
“The Lord Our Righteousness”

JEREMIAH 23:5-6
“Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which he will be called,

YAHWEH TSIDKENU
‘The LORD Our RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ ”

When we study the Bible, it’s important to notice the NAMES of God!
GOD’S NAMES REVEAL HIS NATURE God has revealed Himself by many names… Yahweh SHAMMAH – The Lord is Present” Yahweh JAIRA – “The Lord Who Provides” Yahweh M’KADDESH – “The Lord Who Makes HOLY” Yahweh RAPHA – “The Lord Who Heals!” God wants you to KNOW Him by each of His names, and walk in the reality of every part of His nature!

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Today we want to look at another one of God’s names…

YAHWEH TSIDKENU
The LORD Our RIGHTEOUSNESS
tsid-ke’nu OR tsid’-ke-nu (ISBE) YAHWEH TSIDKENU means it is part of God’s NATURE to bring His people into the full experience of true

RIGHTEOUSNESS!
To know God as Yahweh Tsidkenu, we first need to know what righteousness is!

What is RIGHTEOUSNESS?
RIGHTEOUSNESS is a DESCRIPTION of the CHARACTER OF GOD.

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GOD’S CHARACTER…
THAT’S WHAT GOD IS LIKE! RIGHTEOUSNESS is living in Line with GOD’S CHARACTER!
Righteousness is foundational principle of the UNIVERSE. Universe is designed so RIGHTEOUSNESS will bring SUCCESS

LOVE If living in Righteousness… …living IN HARMONY with God of the universe! …living IN HARMONY with the laws of success God has built into His universe!

WHAT DOES RIGHTEOUSNESS LOOK LIKE? To show what righteousness is, God gave us Several PICTURES of righteousness: 1. Conscience (What is RIGHT & wrong!) (Valuable, but distorted) 2. LAW (TORAH) “teaching of God” A window into God’s heart. (Accurate… meditate  success) 3. JESUS (Perfect expression of Father’s will) These show us what righteousness is! Like a PLUMB LINE hung into the earth-realm… Allows you to see if your life is lined up with God’s Nature & Character.

If Life is “Out of Plumb”  SIN
Life is out of sync with foundational principles of the universe! It leaves you open for destruction! 1. Natural Results – “wages of sin” promiscuous  problems drunkenness  many issues 2. Oppression of the Devil
When we sin, it removes our God-given protection, & allows Satan to harass & oppress us!

Includes things like confusion, anger, depression, sickness, sorrow, & lack!

Righteousness protects us from great harm!

Ephesians 6 teaches that RIGHTEOUSNESS is part of our spiritual armor! Eph. 6:14 “Stand firm then… with the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS In place!” Righteousness is like a breastplate!

THE BREASTPLATE WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF ARMOR!
It protected the soldier’s vital organs! As Long as Breastplate is Intact… He is PROTECTED from the enemy! If Breastplate is Damaged… He is VULNERABLE! God says righteousness is like a Breastplate! It will shield you from the enemy’s attacks! If you walk in righteousness you are safe! When we SIN, it creates holes in our breastplate! The enemy is free to attack!

HOW DO WE PUT ON OUR
BREASTPLATE OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS?
How do we live a RIGHTEOUS life that pleases God & protects us from harm?

Most Christians, when they got saved, were taught something like this:
“You’re a Christian now! You need to go to church, pray, tithe, read your Bible, and live a life that pleases God!” They are give a set of RULES to follow: “DO THESE THINGS & YOU WILL PLEASE GOD!” And most Christians really TRY! Problem: That is NOT a formula for life of joy and fellowship with God. That is a formula for a life of

TERRIBLE FRUSTRATION!

WHEN YOU SET UP A LIST OF RULES AND TRY TO FOLLOW THEM… YOU ALWAYS FAIL! (Remember your New Years resolutions!) So when Christians TRY to please God that way…

THEY FAIL!
They think: “I must not be trying hard enough!” They come forward for invitations to dedicate and rededicate their lives!

THEY STILL FAIL!

They promise God they will do better next time…but they keep SINNING! They make resolution after resolution & really mean it!

THEY FAIL AGAIN!
Grit their teeth & strengthen their resolve “I WILL LIVE A GODLY LIFE!”

THEY ALWAYS FAIL!
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Problem: On the wrong PLAN!

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO TRY TO LIVE A RIGHTEOUS LIFE!
PLAN A You get a list of rules (THE LAW) & try to discipline yourself to obey them! (legalism) PLAN B You admit you are a sinner & allow God to produce His righteousness in you!

God gave mankind a chance to try to achieve righteousness on PLAN A!

When God made a Covenant With Israel at Sinai…

He Gave Them the LAW! PLAN A The Law was a Gracious Gift of God!

The law was not an arbitrary list of rules. The Law is a PICTURE of RIGHTEOUSNESS. God gave the LAW so we could see what righteousness looks like! If you want to be righteousness…

DO THESE THINGS!
And Israel determined to do them! They said, “We will do EVERYTHING God commands!”

But when Israel TRIED to keep the LAW
They discovered that they had a problem!

They Kept Falling into SIN! Law gives a PICTURE of righteousness, but not the POWER of righteousness!
They found they were not ABLE to be righteous!

Suddenly, they became aware of the fact that they are SINNERS! (Romans 7) That’s what ALWAYS happens when we try to keep law!

Secret: PLAN A doesn’t work!

Why Did God Give Us LAW?
“To help us live a righteous life!” – FALSE! Rom 3:20 “No one will be declared righteous by observing the law…” but “Through the law we become conscious of sin.” Rom 7:7 “I would not have come to know sin except through the Law.”

Here’s a secret about the law that most Christians do not understand… GOD NEVER EXPECTED THAT LAW WOULD MAKE US RIGHTEOUS!
LAW can never make ANYONE righteous! LAW was not the medicine to cure our sin problem! LAW is the thermometer to show us how sick we really are!

God gave the law to reveal SIN
In Rom 7, Paul describes how he tried to keep the law but always failed! “The good things I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do!” Finally, he cried out to God for mercy!

“Wretched man that I am!

Who will deliver me?”

God gave the law to reveal SIN
That’s what God DESIGNED the law to do!
God gave Law to show us our problem, so we would cry out to God for grace! that’s when God steps in With John 3:16! Gal. 3: LAW was “schoolmaster” to lead to Jesus!

When we use LAW to try to make ourselves righteous…
WE ALWAYS FAIL!
So we cry out to God: “Lord! I’m a sinner! I can’t keep the law! Is there another way to be righteous?

…and the good news is:

THERE IS!
Back in OT God promised that He would give us NEW way to be righteous… a way that worked!

God had a PLAN B!

JEREMIAH 23:5-6
“Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, when I will raise for David a RIGHTEOUS Branch

[THE MESSIAH]
And this is the name by which he will be called,

‘The LORD Our RIGHTEOUSNESS!’
[Yahweh Tsidkenu!]
Messiah will provide us with a new way of righteousness! He will by Yahweh Tsidkenu!

He will BE our RIGHTEOUSNESS!

I will… put a new SPIRIT within them… Then they will follow my decrees and be keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. Instead of an external law, God will put a NEW SPIRIT within us… & that SPIRIT aill produce a life of righteousness! We don’t have the POWER to live a righteous life by keeping the law… So God said, “Here’s PLAN B: I will send My SPIRIT to live in you & He will produce My RIGHTEOUSNESS in you!”

Ezek. 1:19-20 tells HOW…

How Yahweh Tsidkenu Makes us righteous: All of God’s righteousness is found in the Holy Spirit
HOLY SPIRIT

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When you trusted Jesus, God put the HOLY SPIRIT in YOU!
There’s enough righteousness in Him for ALL of us!

YOU NOW HAVE THE LIFE OF GOD IN YOU!

ALL the righteousness of God dwells IN YOU through the Holy Spirit! You don’t have to rely on your own ability to be righteous!

THE SECRET TO A LIFE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS TO ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PRODUCE HIS FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE! GAL 5: When we yield to the Spirit, He produces FRUIT! “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, & Self-Control!” That is a Picture of Perfect Righteousness! Just the first one FULFILLS all the Law!

In PLAN B, RIGHTEOUSNESS comes from God’s Holy Spirit within us!
“writes the law on our hearts” Rom 8:1 “What the LAW could not do… God DID!” (Law could not make us righteous!)
Rom 8:4 “the righteous requirements of the law are fully met in us, who live according to the Spirit.” Rom 7:6 “We have been RELEASED FROM THE LAW (released from PLAN A) “That we serve in NEW WAY of the SPIRIT!” (that’s PLAN B)

Our problem is that many Christians don’t WANT a new way of righteousness Most of us are RELIGIOUS enough that we want to be righteous in our own power! We want to do it ourselves! We want to stay on PLAN A! “If I just try a little harder, I CAN DO IT!”

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When we do that… we are taking the path of LEGALISM! I can discipline myself to be kind of person the LAW describes! I can be honest, truthful, & generous! I can resist the temptation to sin And live a RIGHTEOUS life!

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WHAT WE ARE REALLY SAYING IS: I can Trying to stay on
PLAN A means you

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I can I can

are trusting your SELF to make you righteous!

YOU DON’T END UP IN RIGHTEOUSNESS YOU END UP IN SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

What you are doing is this…
You see your breastplate has holes… You find a pile of DIRTY OLD RAGS And you try to repair armor by wrapping yourself in RAGS! God says HUMAN RIGHTEOUSNESS (being God in your OWN POWER) Is like filthy rags!

IT DOESN’T WORK!

Trying to Gain Righteousness Thru Self-Effort DOESN’T WORK!
1. 2. 3. 4. Problems with Plan A: You can’t make it work! (it won’t produce righteousness!) What is does produce doesn’t please God! It doesn’t fool Satan! (he will attack!) It isn’t any fun trying!

You cannot become righteous through legalism!
ALL LEGALISM CAN PRODUCE… IS A LIFELESS IMITATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!
It may look good from a distance, but it Will never produce fruit in your life! Joe’s Apple Tree!
JOE WAS LOOKING IN A MAGAZINE AND SAW A PICTURE OF A BEAUTIFUL APPLE TREE!

Joe’s Apple Tree
HOW CAN I GET A TREE LIKE THAT IN MY YARD?

Studied the picture & made detailed plans. Got lumber & built a sturdy framework. Carefully carved the bark and branches. Painted it, lots of silk leaves, glued in place. Bought fresh apples and hung them in place. Very proud of his apple tree. PROBLEM: It would not produce one apple. It was just a DEAD imitation! That’s legalism! “PLAN A!” Using own effort to produce something that looks like righteousness!

PRINCIPLE OF LIFE
Get a LIVING SEED. Plant It in Good Soil. Nurture It and Water It. Give It Time to Grow. And the LIFE in the Seed Will Produce its Fruit! THE KEY TO BEING RIGHTEOUS
IS THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOU PRODUCING FRUIT!

To walk in Righteousness…
You need the HOLY SPIRIT.
You need His LIFE planted in you. Nurture & Water His Work in you.

Give it Time to Grow. And the LIFE of the Spirit Will Produce His FRUIT!

Secret of Righteousness it to DRAW CLOSE TO HIM!
When we draw close to Him, He Produces the Fruit of the Spirit in us! “Fruit” – Not something you labor to produce It grows automatically in His presence!! As you walk in a daily relationship with Him, He produces His fruit AUTOMATICALLY! The result is a life of RIGHTEOUSNESS!

DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Can I really take my eyes off the external law and actually end up living a godly life?

YES!

DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Edge of the road is the BOUNDARY: “LAW” Center of road is the GOAL: “JESUS” If you take your eyes off the edge, And put them on the goal…

JESUS
YOU AUTOMATICALLY STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES!
Thru HOLY SPIRIT, Jesus produces His fruit of RIGHTEOUSNESS in you!

So REJECT legalism!
Draw near to Jesus and begin to live in the freedom of the Holy Spirit!

Thank Jesus that He IS

YAHWEH TSIDKENU!
Let Him BE the Lord Your RIGHTEOUSNESS!

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