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“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 23:6)
Several years ago, I spoke in a city in Scotland’s Shetland Islands. We had wonderful meetings. Many came to know Christ, and it was a blessed time. But when my wife and I arrived at the airport, we had an interesting experience. The wind was blowing incredibly hard. I found myself walking across the tarmac leaning backwards. I glanced at my wife, and she was walking with the same bent. I looked around, and everyone was walking that same way. The wind had blown over all of us, and our upper bodies were bent back.
Later that day, I went for some exercise. As I walked around the city, I noticed everyone in the city walking with the same bent. The scene reminded me that we all walk morally and spiritually with a bent in our hearts. Everyone who has ever placed his feet on this planet has had the wind of sin blow across their heart. It’s been a strong wind. So we’ve all walked around with a bent in our moral and spiritual character. Our natural inclinations are not to obey God. Rather, we’re inclined to go our own way and do our own thing: namely to sin.
Yet 2,000 years ago, a King was sent to the world. The most unique King to ever grace this planet, He was the King who became a servant. He was God who became man. The Bible calls Him “the son of God” and “the son of Man.” His name was Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” He’s the only person in all of human history to walk without a bent in His moral and spiritual character. He walked completely upright. He stood straight and tall as the winds of sin blew across the world. He was without sin. He walked upright. He was the final fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah when he wrote that a king would be sent, and His name would be called Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Jeremiah had prophesied that God would send to Israel a righteous king, one who would reign with absolute justice and righteousness. His name would be called Jehovah Tsidkenu or “The Lord, our Righteousness.” The complete fulfillment of that prophecy came through our wonderful Savior, Jesus. He’s the only person to walk this planet without the bent of sin in his heart. He’s the complete and righteous King.
But there’s something even more wonderful about Jesus. Because of all He did on the cross — because He walked completely upright all the way to the point of death — He has become our righteousness. To be honest, I still struggle with the bent of sin. Yet my righteousness isn’t based upon my goodness or rightness. When I come to God, I come on the basis of the one who is Jehovah Tsidkenu. I come to God because of the righteousness of Christ. He is my righteousness.
Hallelujah! According to the Scriptures, my own righteousness is as “filthy rags.” But I can know and love God because His name is Jehovah Tsidkenu — God, our Righteousness. Bow before Him today and thank Him for Jesus. He’s the only reason you can come into the presence of an absolutely holy God. He is your righteousness.
Luke : Chapter 11
32) The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here. The Lamp of the Body 33) “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34) Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,[g] your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,[h] your body also is full of darkness. 35) See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36) Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law 37) When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38) But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. 39) Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40) You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41) But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you. 42) “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. 43) “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. 44) “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
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STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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