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The 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is TSADI.
The numeric value of TSADI is 90.
The pictogram, or symbol, behind the shape of the letter TSADI is a servant, bent over, carrying a burden.
It is a picture of Jesus. "He took up our infirmities and carried our pain" (Isaiah 53:4). It is a picture of Jesus. "Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). He carries us. He carries us because only He is able. It is not only a matter of strength – which Jesus does have – the supernatural power of God. It is that only He is worthy to be the One who has the righteous standing to be our Saviour.
It is clear in the Old Testament: "All have turned aside. All have become corrupt. There is no one who does good, not even one" (Psalm 14:3). And it is clear in the New Testament ... "There is none righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10).
But Jesus is righteous. God had said that He would raise up "a Righteous Branch" – the Messiah (See Jeremiah 23:5 and 33:15).
Jesus was sinless (see Hebrews 4:15). He was completely righteous, so He fulfilled all the requirements of the Law. He could be the perfect sacrifice of atonement. That is how He could be called: "The LORD our righteousness" (see Jeremiah 23:6 and 33:16).
There had to be a righteous basis for our forgiveness. God could not forgive unrighteously. He could not just wink at sin – as if it does not matter.
Jesus paid the price for our sin. Jesus took our place. As we believe in Him ... have faith in Him ... trust in Him ... God sees the righteousness of Christ in us.
It is by faith – faith in God in Christ. Faith is God's way to be accepted. "The righteous will live by his faith" (Habakkuk 2:4).
Now, let us return to the Hebrew letter TSADI. The letters of the Hebrew alphabet can be seen in pairs. TSADI and KUF go together. KUF follows TSADI.
TSADI represents righteousness. KUF, as we shall see in the next session, stands for holiness.
TSADI is spelled TZADI DALET YUD. This spelling of TSADI with a KUF following, spells "tsadik". And "tsadik" means righteous, just, innocent, a righteous person – someone who is in accordance with God's perfect standard.
And that is not us, in our fallen state. But it is Jesus. And in Him we are accepted as righteous.
So, in faith in Christ, we have legal right-standing before God. But God is also in the process of transforming us into the image of Jesus. He is working in us to bring us more and more into the place where our experience matches our legal right-standing.
Proverbs chapter 4 verse 18 says: "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the full light of day."
It is a path. It is a journey – a pilgrimage. It starts out as a flicker of light. It matures in bright light. How? With participation by us.
Genesis chapter 6 verse 9 says about Noah that he was: "... a righteous man, blameless in his time. Noah walked with God." We walk in step with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4-5). And God works in us. God works in us. We are His workmanship.
Abraham, the first of the patriarchs, was declared righteous by faith. "He believed in the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness" (Genesis 15:6). Then Abraham waited many years before the promise of God came true – that he would have a multitude of children of promise, a spiritual harvest.
And Abraham's wife, Sarah, was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac, the son of promise. The numeric value of TSADI is 90. 90 is a number that reflects maturity in faith.
And TSADI is the 18th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 18 in Jewish thought is significant, because 18 is the numeric value of the Hebrew word for life ... "chai" (CHET YUD).
Walk with God. Stay in faith in Jesus Christ. Walk in the Spirit. Commit your ways to Him. Learn to hear His voice, and obey. Grow in the knowledge of the Word. Immerse yourself in the Bible.
And God will give you life ... and His inworked righteousness.
With understanding of Hebraic thought, and awareness of design elements in the Scriptures, we take a journey of growth in Christ Jesus.
The seminar “Bringing sons to glory” starts with Session 1: “You are gods” What did Jesus mean? ... and continues through the Psalms of Ascent.
This series will increase your knowledge of biblical Hebrew.