The word translated as “righteousness” [צַדִּיק] means “just, correct, lawful.” While it is a forensic (legal) term, it has a spiritual foundation. We learn from Abraham that being righteous comes from faith, a faith which motivates good deeds. God requires His people to be righteous before Him and before others.
Sadly today Israel, like every other nation, is filled with unrighteousness. Even at the highest level of government we find corruption, sexual impurity and, crime. Furthermore we do not welcome the “stranger” in our midst or provide properly for the poor, the widow and the orphan.
God expects more from Israel, the people and the nation. But there will come a day when righteousness will prevail and Israel will truly be the Holy Land!
Exodus 19:6: ‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 4:8: And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
Isaiah 62:3: You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.