What a glorious “Jehovah-compound” we consider today! Jer_23:5-6 declares, “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The LORD Our Righteousness.” This verse is a messianic prophecy. The background of it appears in 2Ki_24:8-17. Upon his father Jehoiakim’s death, Jehoiachin took the throne of Judah at a mere eighteen years of age, but sadly, like his father, “did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD” (2Ki_24:9). After Jehoiachin had been on the throne for only three months, however, the Babylonians invaded, destroying Jerusalem and taking the people into captivity, just as Jeremiah had foretold (Jer_1:14-15; Jer_5:15; Jer_6:22-26).
The most devastating result of the deportation of Jehoiachin (also called “Coniah” and “Jeconiah”) was the ending of the Davidic dynasty (Jer_22:24-26; Jer_22:30). It is in Jer_23:5-6, however, that Jeremiah declares that God promises to raise up David again in the form of “a righteous Branch” and “a King,” and this is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
Further, and most significant of all, the name of this coming King would be THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Appearing some 117 times (most often in Psalms and Isaiah), the Hebrew noun sedeq (H6664), which forms the basis of sidqēnû, primarily speaks of that which conforms to a moral, ethical standard, or norm, and is often connected to the term justice (Psa_119:106; Isa_58:2). Because of their fallen nature, men do not want a moral or ethical standard, as illustrated by Israel’s own repeated rebellion, which caused their captivity. Why are many people today fighting to remove the Ten Commandments from the courtroom? It is simply because with God’s moral and ethical standard plastered on the wall, men are condemned before court is even in session.
God is not only righteous in Himself—He lives up to His own perfect moral and ethical standard—but He also produces righteousness in those He saves through Christ. While many in pulpits today go out of their way to avoid mentioning sin, salvation is about sin and righteousness, that is, our sin and Christ’s righteousness, which saves us from our sin.
Scriptures for Study: Read that great description of the coming Messiah in Isa_11:1-11, which speaks not only of His first coming but His second as well.