The Return to Egypt

Aug 6, 2017 by: Dale Thiele | Series: Hosea Scripture: Hosea 9:1-17 Tags: evil, Baal, spiritual regression, Ephraim, Gilgal, detestable

MESSAGE - Pastor Dale Thiele


The Return to Egypt


  • Spiritual Regression
  • The Love that Feeds the Cycle
  • Breaking the Cycle

  Questions for Further Study or Group Discussion:

  1. Read Hosea 9:1-17. What does Hosea mean by saying that “Ephraim shall return to Egypt”?
  2. Gilgal is mentioned in verse 14. Gilgal is where Saul was made king (1 Sam. 11:15). Why would the Lord say “every evil of theirs is in Gilgal (see 1 Sam. 8:7)?
  3. Verse 10, perhaps, highlights one of the most troubling stories of the Old Testament. God delivers Israel out of Egypt for them only to fall into Baal worship (see Numbers 25). Why would a people who saw the wonders of God in Egypt do this? What does it mean that they “became detestable like the thing they loved”?
  4. How does anyone break the cycle of returning to familiar sins? What role does Christ play in breaking the cycle?

 Memory Verse of the Week:

1 Peter 4:1-2 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. (ESV)