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Have you ever pondered someone’s nickname. Some nicknames are given in jest. Like the huge man everyone calls “Tiny.” Others are variations on a longer name, such as “Bob” instead of “Robert.” Then there are the names that don’t make sense to us because we don’t know the story.
The same can be true of God’s names. They are important because they teach us about him. But some may cause us to scratch our heads if we don’t know the story. Try this one, “the Lord our righteousness.” It is found in Jeremiah 33:15-16, “In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.” (NIV)
So, what does “the Lord Our Righteousness” tell us about God? Well, it refers to Jesus. He is the branch sprouting from David. He fulfills this prophecy from Jeremiah. God supplies what is needed to satisfy his own justice. Jesus’ death on the cross pays the penalty so we can be declared righteous.
As 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (NIV) Today, worship the Lord our righteousness.
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