March 10, 2023

“What’s in a Name?”

I have greatly enjoyed the last three weeks of our series, “What’s in a Name?”  I can honestly say with the psalmist, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” (Psalm 9:10)

This coming Sunday will mark our fourth and final message in the series. To conclude the series, I’ve chosen the name Jehovah Tsidkenu, which means the Lord our Righteousness. This name of God is introduced in Jeremiah 23:5-6.

“For the time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. 6 And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’”

God’s promise to the people of Jeremiah’s day was fully realized on Good Friday when Jesus, the righteous one, died for humanity, the unrighteous ones. 2 Corinthians 5:21 is the New Testament verse that encapsulates what theologians call “The Great Exchange.”  The Reformer, Martin Luther, once commented on this verse by saying, “You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You became what you were not, so that I might become what I was not.”

When we better understand God through His names, our trust and faith in Him begins to deepen.  I do hope you can be with us this coming Sunday as we consider the day to day and eternal impact of God’s name – The Lord our Righteousness.

Resting in Him,

pastor jamie