For a long time, I was sharing what I had taught in a ladies Sunday School class when we went through the Kay Arthur book, Lord, I Want to Know You.
Then I moved on to other things without finishing up the last two lessons. So over the next few weeks, I want to finish those lessons with corresponding printables in case anyone is doing this as a Bible study.
I did use many other books in my preparation to teach although the other ladies only used Kay Arthur’s book. Here are some of the books I used:
- Trusting in the Names of God: Drawing Strength from Knowing Who He Is by Catherine Martin — I LOVE this book!! The first 12 chapters (or days of studies) are leading up to the individual names of God that she covers. Then she discusses 14 names of God in the book.
- Names of God by Marilyn Hickey — I liked this book. She includes 19 names of God, a few of which are not in most of the other books.
- Names Of God by Nathan Stone — I used different quotes from this book. There are 12 names of God included.
- Names of God by Ken Hemphill — I used this book for some names more than other names, but I was glad I had it. He includes 13 names of God in his book.
- Rose Bible Basics: Names of God & Other Bible Studies — I used this in making my worksheets. If I ever get all my worksheets on the blog, you may not want to buy it, but it does have Bible basics on many other topics such as the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments, the Trinity, the Fruit of the Spirit, the Armor of God, the Names of Jesus, and more. Plus, Kay Arthur’s book has 15 names of God it covers and this book has about 20 names of God plus some other interesting facts not covered in Kay Arthur’s book.
- Names of God: Fully Illustrated–More Than 250 Names and Titles of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit by George W Knight — each name has about 1-2 paragraphs written about it. It shared the first time the name was used in Scripture, sometimes some context about the name, what it meant, and usually an application. If you want a book with all the names of God, this is the book to get.
- The Names of God: God’s Name Brings Hope, Healing, and Happiness by Lester Sumrall is the book I used the least. I think his writing style just wasn’t my favorite. If I didn’t have time to look at all of the books, his was the one I would skip. There are 11 names of God.included in this book.
The next to the last chapter in Kay Arthur’s book is “The Lord Our Righteousness.”
Here, God delivered a message through Jeremiah to His people. He would punish them for their sin and idolatry by allowing the Babylonians to overrun the nation of Judah. But He would preserve a remnant of His people who would remain faithful to Him. He would bless them, allow them to return to their homeland, and give them a special name by which they could know God – the Lord Our Righteousness.
They could know that even though their own people had sinned and turned away from God, that there was still hope. They could be made righteous. They could have a new heart through The Lord our Righteousness.
Key Scripture: 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. Jeremiah 23:6
So what exactly does Jehovah-tsidkenu mean in Scripture?
- Tsidkenu –In the Hebrew, tsedek originally meant “to be stiff or straight.” It can also mean “a full weight or measure” toward God, in the spiritual sense.
- Righteousness means “the quality of being right.” It shows a picture of a man trusting in God and becoming the righteousness of God.
We must understand what this righteousness means and how we are to become righteous.
- “Righteous is more than goodness; it is a right standing with God. Righteous means to be straight. It is to do what God says is right, to live according to His standards.” Kay Arthur
- Righteousness can never be achieved by a person’s own effort. It requires a new heart only given by The Lord our Righeousness.
In the Old Testament, a person received God’s righteousness by believing God’s promise that one day He would send a Messiah who would take their place and pay their penalty for their sin. They had faith that a Messiah would come. They were saved by faith.
We see this in Hebrews 11 where the author inspired by the Holy Spirit says that the Old Testament saints realized they were just pilgrims and believed the promises, even though they never received the actual promise of the Savior in their lifetime.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13
Today, we place our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ who did come and who did take our place on the cross. He took our sin upon Himself, and when we recognize that we are sinners, believe that He died in our place, accept that sacrifice and ask Him to save us, then we receive His righteousness.
When God looks down on us from heaven after we believe on His Son, He no longer sees our sin, but He sees His Son’s righteousness. The Lord is our Righteousness.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17
So there is hope for every person who is alive today. No matter if our whole family or nation has turned away from God just like the nation of Israel had in Jeremiah’s day, God calls out for each individual to come to Him and to accept His righteousness. When we turn to Him in faith, He will give us His righteousness. He will become the Lord our Righteousness.
Next week, we will see how we can further apply this name to our lives, and I will share the printable notes as well. I hope this name of God was as much of a blessing to you as it was to me!
Here are all of the other lessons done thus far on the names of God:
- Names of God (List of books I used to study for this series)
- Elohim, The Creator God (free printables)
- El Elyon, The God Most High (free printables)
- El-Roi, The God Who Sees (free printables)
- El-Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One (free printables)
- Adonai, The Lord (free printables)
- Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, Part 1
- Jehovah, The Self-Existent One, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide, Part 1
- Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 1
- Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 2
- Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, Part 3 (free printables)
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord My Banner, Part 1
- Jehovah Nissi: The Lord My Banner, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-mekoddishkem: The Lord Who Sanctifies You, Part 1
- Jehovah-mekoddishkem: The Lord Who Sanctifies You, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Is Peace, Part 1
- Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord is Peace, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah-Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts, Part 1
- Jehovah-Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts, Part 2 (free printables)
- Jehovah Raah: The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 1
- Jehovah Raah: The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 2 (free printables)
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