He Is Our Righteousness

November 17, 2016

Isaiah 60:17 (KJV)

For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

“This commences the description of the happy times when the Gentiles should be led to embrace the true religion, and when the wealth of the world would be consecrated to the service of the true God. The idea is, that all things would be changed for the better….”[1]

I can buy these words by Albert Barnes if by better we mean:

  • a better covenant,
  • a better High Priest,
  • etc.

God has never promised the world would get better but He did promise both Jews and Gentiles of the Old Testament era a better outcome through the Messiah.

I see in this verse the hope of all who serve the Lord. We know that our efforts are feeble at very best. We can never in our flesh be perfect even as our Heavenly Father is perfect. We can never meet God’s standard of righteousness. We can never from the strength of fallen man bring forth gold silver and precious stones.

We are not asked to or expected to.

He hath made Him to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.[2]

  • Where we are not perfect He is our perfection
  • Where we are not holy He is our righteousness
  • Where we bring forth wood, hay and stubble He brings gold, silver and precious stones

[1] Barnes Notes

[2] 2 Corinthians 5:21