This is the start of my study on Hosea 2:19-20 as posted previously here: Study of Hosea 2:19-20
This subject of righteousness is enormous in its entirety and will take some time breaking it down to reveal the many aspects that it beholds. This study will barely scratch the surface, as it will not be exhaustive. I will do my best to create small sections in relation to the different aspects of righteousness.
The Kingdom of God will be the starting point for this study. For it was Jesus that said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Matt 6:33).” There are some other similar passages from the Bible like, “Seek the LORD” and “Seek righteousness (Zeph 2:3)” and, “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD (Isa 51:1).”
The kingdom of God and righteousness go hand in hand; you cannot seek His kingdom without getting righteousness! Not only is it mind-blowing to seek this all out, but most of all, He loves those who pursue righteousness (Prov. 15:9)!
Here is a short list of descriptions that are typically associated with an earthly kingdom but are mere reflections of the reign of Jesus’ kingdom, as you will see by the related Scriptures (These descriptions are another study within themselves, I did my best to stay on subject
• KING; the male ruler of an independent state, esp. one who inherits the position by right of birth: This goes without saying. Jesus is referred to as the Lord of lords and King of kings all throughout the Bible. The Father installs His Son, Jesus Christ the righteous, as King upon His holy mountain while giving the nations over to Him as His inheritance (Psa. 2:6-8).
As far as being a righteous King it states in Hebrews that Jesus is directly linked to the mysterious “order of Melchizedek” which translates “my king of righteousness”. The prophecy from Jeremiah clearly affirms the coming of our Righteous King, “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth (Jer. 23:5).”
• THRONE; used to signify sovereign power: “Righteousness is the foundation of His throne (Psa. 89:14, 97:2).” (Prov. 16:12)
• CROWN; a symbol of authority: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (2Tim. 4:8).”
I believe that Jesus is wearing a crown of righteousness too as we are called to co-reign with Him.
• SCEPTER; a symbol of sovereignty: “A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. (Psa. 45:6)”
• COMMANDMENTS/LAW; an authoritative order: “For all Your commandments are righteousness (Psa. 119:172.).” (Deut. 4:8, Rom. 7:12)
• ARMY; an extension of the king’s rule in the land by way of soldiers: “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this (Is. 9:7).”
He will use His host of heaven to help with this but most of all He will use His men and women on earth to bring forth His purposes on earth as it is in heaven.
• KINGDOM; a country, state, or territory ruled by a king: “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17).”
Every earthly kingdom has or will pass away, but the kingdom of God and His righteousness is everlasting (Psa. 111:3, Psa. 112:3, Psa. 112:9, Psa. 119:142, Is. 51:6, Is. 51:8, 2Cor. 9:9). Misty Edwards has a song called Servant Of All (Relentless CD) and there is a hook that says, “It’s the inside outside upside down kingdom, where you lose to gain and die to live.” This Kingdom has a King that made a way for ALL to freely enter into this righteousness (1Pet. 2:24) and He simply wants to have a real relationship with us today so that we may enter into His gates.
Please let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback.
In the next section I will be focusing on some of the righteous men and women found throughout the Bible. Remember, there is no righteousness without God.