호세아서를 읽고

호세아는 북 이스라엘에서 활동한 선지자입니다. 호세아는 북 이스라엘이 앗시리아에 멸망당하던 B.C. 722년을 전후로 활동했습니다. 호세아 선지자 하면 가장 먼저 떠오르는 것이 음란한 고멜을 사랑했던 선지자의 모습입니다.

호세아가 음란한 고멜을 사랑한 것은 이스라엘이 우상을 섬기고 타락했음에도 불구하고 변함없이 사랑하는 하나님의 마음을 보여주기 위함이었습니다. 그래서 호세아서 1장부터는 음란한 여인과 자녀를 출산하는 내용이 기록돼 있습니다. 첫 아들의 이름은 이스르엘, 두번째 딸은 로루하마, 세번째 아들은 로암미라고 불렀습니다. 그 이름의 뜻이 하나님께서 이스라엘에게 행하실 예언의 말씀을 내포하고 있습니다.

이처럼 호세아 선지자는 당시의 시대상황을 몸으로 보여주는 선지자였습니다.

문제는 이러한 호세아의 행동을 자신의 자유로운 성생활의 변명으로 삼는 사람이 있다는 사실입니다. 자신은 호세아처럼 음란한 여인을 사랑하는데 이것이 하나님의 사랑을 표현한 행동이라는 것입니다. 모두가 거짓이라고 볼 수는 없을 것입니다.

현재 대한민국의 현실을 생각하면 호세아같은 선지자가 무수하게 나오고도 남았을 것입니다. 따라서 어떤 사람의 행동은 단순한 방탕이라고 말하기보다 왜 그런 행동을 했는지를 먼저 이해하는 마음이 필요할 것입니다.

당시 호세아는 주변 사람들이나 친척으로부터 얼마나 많은 눈총을 받았을까요. 경건해야 할 하나님의 사람이 난데없이 음란하기로 이름 난 여인과 살림을 차리고 아이를 3명이나 낳았으니 충격이 컸을 것입니다.

뉴욕에서도 스스로를 골보수라고 자칭하던 한 대형교회의 목회자가 숱한 염분을 뿌렸던 사건이 있었습니다. 항상 유명인들의 주변에는 고멜의 망령이 떠도는 것 같습니다. 어쩌면 온 세상이 돈으로 물들어 가는 시대에 엄습해 오는 무력감과 스트레스를 그런 식으로 해소하는지도 모르겠습니다.

호세아는 당시 앗시리아 제국의 실상을 보고 이스라엘의 현실을 보았던 선지자였습니다. 대한민국에도 제국의 현실을 보고 한국의 실상을 지적하는 하나님의 사람이 많은 줄 압니다. 하지만 많은 목회자나 교회 관계자들은 호세아처럼 현실과 곧 닥쳐올 하나님의 심판에 주목하기보다 죽어서 천국에 가는 것만 강조하고 하나님의 마음과는 전혀 관계없는 말만 떠들어 대는 사람들이 있습니다.

선지서를 펼치고 이사야부터 성경을 다시 읽어야 합니다.

1517, 마틴 루터가 당시 타락한 천주교를 향해 말씀으로 돌아 갈 것을 강조한 것처럼 대한민국의 기독교가 지금 해야 할 일은 말씀을 펼치고 다시 읽는 일입니다. 교리의 안경을 걷어내고 다시 성경을 읽어야 합니다. 그것만이 내리막길의 대한민국을 살리는 길입니다.

2017, 종교개혁 500주년 행사에만 눈이 멀어 장사치들처럼 열을 올려서는 안됩니다.

이 얘기를 하는 제가 열 받을 것 같아서 그만 쓰겠습니다.

Stone Choi.

호세아 14장

호세아 14장 음성녹음

1. O Israel, return to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;

2. Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive [us] graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.

3. Assyria shall not save us, We will not ride on horses, Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘[You are] our gods.’ For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

4. ” I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.

5. I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.

6. His branches shall spread; His beauty shall be like an olive tree, And his fragrance like Lebanon.

7. Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived [like] grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent [shall be] like the wine of Lebanon.

8. ” Ephraim [shall say,] ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’ I have heard and observed him. I [am] like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in Me.”

9. Who [is] wise? Let him understand these things. [Who is] prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD [are] right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them.

호세아 13장

호세아 13장 음성녹음

1. When Ephraim spoke, trembling, He exalted [himself] in Israel; But when he offended through Baal [worship,] he died.

2. Now they sin more and more, And have made for themselves molded images, Idols of their silver, according to their skill; All of it [is] the work of craftsmen. They say of them, “Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!”

3. Therefore they shall be like the morning cloud And like the early dew that passes away, Like chaff blown off from a threshing floor And like smoke from a chimney.

4. ” Yet I [am] the LORD your God Ever since the land of Egypt, And you shall know no God but Me; For [there is] no Savior besides Me.

5. I knew you in the wilderness, In the land of great drought.

6. When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.

7. “So I will be to them like a lion; Like a leopard by the road I will lurk;

8. I will meet them like a bear deprived [of her cubs;] I will tear open their rib cage, And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.

9. ” O Israel, you are destroyed, But your help [is] from Me.

10. I will be your King; Where [is any other,] That he may save you in all your cities? And your judges to whom you said, ‘Give me a king and princes’?

11. I gave you a king in My anger, And took [him] away in My wrath.

12. ” The iniquity of Ephraim [is] bound up; His sin [is] stored up.

13. The sorrows of a woman in childbirth shall come upon him. He [is] an unwise son, For he should not stay long where children are born.

14. “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.

15. Though he is fruitful among [his] brethren, An east wind shall come; The wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness. Then his spring shall become dry, And his fountain shall be dried up. He shall plunder the treasury of every desirable prize.

16. Samaria is held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, And their women with child ripped open.

호세아 12장

호세아 12장 음성녹음

1. “Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.

2. “The LORD also [brings] a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.

3. He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.

4. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him [in] Bethel, And there He spoke to us —

5. That is, the LORD God of hosts. The LORD [is] His memorable name.

6. So you, by [the help of] your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.

7. “A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales [are] in his hand; He loves to oppress.

8. And Ephraim said, ‘Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; [In] all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that [is] sin.’

9. ” But I [am] the LORD your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast.

10. I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

11. Though Gilead [has] idols — Surely they are vanity — Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars [shall be] heaps in the furrows of the field.

12. Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended [sheep.]

13. By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved.

14. Ephraim provoked [Him] to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.

호세아 11장

호세아 11장 음성녹음

1. “When Israel [was] a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

2. [As] they called them, So they went from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images.

3. “I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them.

4. I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped [and] fed them.

5. ” He shall not return to the land of Egypt; But the Assyrian shall be his king, Because they refused to repent.

6. And the sword shall slash in his cities, Devour his districts, And consume [them,] Because of their own counsels.

7. My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, None at all exalt [Him.]

8. ” How can I give you up, Ephraim? [How] can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? [How] can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.

9. I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I [am] God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.

10. “They shall walk after the LORD. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, Then [His] sons shall come trembling from the west;

11. They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses,” Says the LORD.

12. ” Ephraim has encircled Me with lies, And the house of Israel with deceit; But Judah still walks with God, Even with the Holy One [who is] faithful.

호세아 10장

호세아 10장 음성녹음

1. Israel empties [his] vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished [his] sacred pillars.

2. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.

3. For now they say, “We have no king, Because we did not fear the LORD. And as for a king, what would he do for us?”

4. They have spoken words, Swearing falsely in making a covenant. Thus judgment springs up like hemlock in the furrows of the field.

5. The inhabitants of Samaria fear Because of the calf of Beth Aven. For its people mourn for it, And its priests shriek for it — Because its glory has departed from it.

6. [The idol] also shall be carried to Assyria [As] a present for King Jareb. Ephraim shall receive shame, And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

7. [As for] Samaria, her king is cut off Like a twig on the water.

8. Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, Shall be destroyed. The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars; They shall say to the mountains, “Cover us!” And to the hills, “Fall on us!”

9. ” O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah; There they stood. The battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity Did not overtake them.

10. When [it is] My desire, I will chasten them. Peoples shall be gathered against them When I bind them for their two transgressions.

11. Ephraim [is] a trained heifer That loves to thresh [grain;] But I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull [a plow.] Judah shall plow; Jacob shall break his clods.”

12. Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For [it is] time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.

13. You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men.

14. Therefore tumult shall arise among your people, And all your fortresses shall be plundered As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle — A mother dashed in pieces upon [her] children.

15. Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel, Because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel Shall be cut off utterly.

호세아 9장

호세아 9장 음성녹음

1. Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like [other] peoples, For you have played the harlot against your God. You have made love [for] hire on every threshing floor.

2. The threshing floor and the winepress Shall not feed them, And the new wine shall fail in her.

3. They shall not dwell in the LORD’s land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean [things] in Assyria.

4. They shall not offer wine [offerings] to the LORD, Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him. [It shall be] like bread of mourners to them; All who eat it shall be defiled. For their bread [shall be] for their [own] life; It shall not come into the house of the LORD.

5. What will you do in the appointed day, And in the day of the feast of the LORD?

6. For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns [shall be] in their tents.

7. The days of punishment have come; The days of recompense have come. Israel knows! The prophet [is] a fool, The spiritual man [is] insane, Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.

8. The watchman of Ephraim [is] with my God; But the prophet [is] a fowler’s snare in all his ways — Enmity in the house of his God.

9. They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.

10. ” I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. [But] they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves [to that] shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.

11. [As for] Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird — No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!

12. Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!

13. Just as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place, So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer.”

14. Give them, O LORD — What will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb And dry breasts!

15. “All their wickedness [is] in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes [are] rebellious.

16. Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb.”

17. My God will cast them away, Because they did not obey Him; And they shall be wanderers among the nations.

호세아 8장

호세아 8장 음성녹음

1. “Set the trumpet to your mouth! [He shall come] like an eagle against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law.

2. Israel will cry to Me, ‘My God, we know You!’

3. Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him.

4. “They set up kings, but not by Me; They made princes, but I did not acknowledge [them.] From their silver and gold They made idols for themselves — That they might be cut off.

5. Your calf is rejected, O Samaria! My anger is aroused against them — How long until they attain to innocence?

6. For from Israel [is] even this: A workman made it, and it [is] not God; But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.

7. ” They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.

8. Israel is swallowed up; Now they are among the Gentiles Like a vessel in which [is] no pleasure.

9. For they have gone up to Assyria, [Like] a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.

10. Yes, though they have hired among the nations, Now I will gather them; And they shall sorrow a little, Because of the burden of the king of princes.

11. ” Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin, They have become for him altars for sinning.

12. I have written for him the great things of My law, [But] they were considered a strange thing.

13. [For] the sacrifices of My offerings they sacrifice flesh and eat [it,] [But] the LORD does not accept them. Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. They shall return to Egypt.

14. “For Israel has forgotten his Maker, And has built temples; Judah also has multiplied fortified cities; But I will send fire upon his cities, And it shall devour his palaces.”

호세아 7장

호세아 7장 음성녹음

1. “When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside.

2. They do not consider in their hearts [That] I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.

3. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies.

4. ” They [are] all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker — He ceases stirring [the fire] after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened.

5. In the day of our king Princes have made [him] sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers.

6. They prepare their heart like an oven, While they lie in wait; Their baker sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.

7. They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.

8. ” Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.

9. Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know [it;] Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know [it.]

10. And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the LORD their God, Nor seek Him for all this.

11. ” Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense — They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.

12. Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.

13. ” Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me.

14. They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. “They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me;

15. Though I disciplined [and] strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me;

16. They return, [but] not to the Most High; They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword For the cursings of their tongue. This [shall be] their derision in the land of Egypt.

호세아 6장

호세아 6장 음성녹음

1. Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

2. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.

3. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter [and] former rain to the earth.

4. ” O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, And like the early dew it goes away.

5. Therefore I have hewn [them] by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And your judgments [are like] light [that] goes forth.

6. For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

7. “But like men they transgressed the covenant; There they dealt treacherously with Me.

8. Gilead [is] a city of evildoers, [And] defiled with blood.

9. As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man, [So] the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they commit lewdness.

10. I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: There [is] the harlotry of Ephraim; Israel is defiled.

11. Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, When I return the captives of My people.