Thursday, February 3, 2011

Yahweh the Righteous One

Yahweh the Righteous One
Has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked
(Psalm 129:4 JVD)
Yahweh is the Righteous One. The Hebrew word for “righteous” is tsaddik. The Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament defines it as “communally faithful.” It has much to do with covenant, and the relationship God has established with and for His people. To say that someone is righteous means that he has been faithful in that relationship. God is faithful to His people and honors those who are faithful in their relationship with Him:
  • God knows (has regard for) the way of the righteous (Palm 1:6).
  • God blesses the righteous, and surrounds him with favor (Psalm 5:12).
  • God is righteous and He loves righteousness; the upright will see His face (Psalm 11:7).
  • God eyes are on the righteous and He hears their cries (Psalm 34:15).
  • God delivers the righteous out of all their afflictions (Psalm 34:19.
  • God upholds the righteous (Psalm 37:17).
  • God is the salvation and strength of the righteous (Psalm 37:39).
  • God is gracious and merciful (Psalm 116:5).
  • God is righteous in His judgments (Psalm 119:37).
  • God is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works (Psalm 145:17).
  • God loves the righteous (Psalm 146:8).
If the relationship should be broken, God is not the one who broke it, but He will always do what is right in regard to it.
Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the LORD: ‘You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak.’” So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, “The LORD is righteous.” (2 Chronicles 12:5-6)
The judgments of Yahweh are always in line with His covenant and faithful to His promises.
The LORD is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He never fails.
(Zephaniah 3:5)
The ultimate expression of God’s covenant faithfulness — His righteousness — is found in Jesus the Messiah, who took the sins of the world upon Himself and nailed them to the cross in His own body. By His blood, He has cut a new covenant with the Father on our behalf. If we sin, He stands before the Father for us, on the basis of that covenant act, so that we may be counted as righteous before God — faithful in our relationship with Him — even as God is faithful and just toward us.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin … If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7, 9)

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. (1 John 2:1)