Matthew 5.6 cont.
O the cheerfulness of those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fully satisfied.
We now move on to look at the word ‘righteous’.
The word ‘righteousness’ basically refers to justice, doing the right thing. In Hebrew it is: tsĕdaqah, pronounced: tsed·ä·kä.
It is used in reference to the justice of a judge, ruler, or king, it also refers to the law.
Righteousness refers to one of the qualities of God. All His ways are right.
Righteousness is also truthfulness, vindication, and the salvation of God. It can also mean prosperity.
A well used scripture where the word ‘righteous’ is used is:
Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith – Genesis 15.6 (NLT).
It was because Abram believed God and put his believe into action that righteousness was accredited to him. He chose to do as God bid him, which was to leave home and go where God would lead him. He didn’t know where that would lead him to, but he believed that God did, and that God would bless him as he obeyed His word and left home.
Another verse that contains the word righteous (right) is:
I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD and do what is right and just. Then I will do for him all that I have promised” – Genesis 18.19 (NLT).
God had trust in Abram to do righteousness, to do the right thing, and He trusted him to teach his children to follow His ways.
God declares that opbedience to Him is righteousness:
For we are righteous when we obey all the commands the LORD our God has given us’ – Deuteronomy 6.25 (NLT).
Obedience to God is the right thing to do.
David reigned over all Israel and was fair (righteous) to everyone – 2 Samuel 8.15 (NLT).
He was a just king, although he had those times when he lapsed, such as his dealing with Bathsheba and Uriah her husband.
We are all called to live a righteous life, which we can’t do in our own strength, but we can do through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us.