Samson and the Christian (Part 2)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Israel's culture during the time of Judges, suggests that Israelites were a poor, downtrodden agricultural people, having few luxuries. The Philistine culture (related to the Mycenaean civilization) was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Israel's arms, mainly farm tools, were primitive compared …


Samson and the Christian (Part 6)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In his final act as judge of Israel, Samson toppled the pillars, killing more Philistines with his death than he had in his entire lifetime.


Samson and the Christian (Part 4)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reveals that Samson's racially, culturally, and religiously mixed sadiqua marriage created an explosive situation. After his father-in-law cheated him, Samson felt legally justified to take vengeance using disproportionate force: He wiped out the entire regional economy. When the Philistines retaliated against …


Samson and the Christian (Part 3)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reiterates that during the 400-year period of the Judges, Israel experienced a perpetual rollercoaster ride in which the Israelites fared well only when a judge was in power, but tribulation and distress when there was no judge. As Judges 14 opens, God motivates a spoiled, lustful, impetuous troublemaker to …


Samson and the Christian (Part 1)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asks if we have known people who seemingly had everything going for them but never reached their potential. Samson had what it took but made horrible mistakes and lapses in judgment. Nevertheless, Hebrews 11 says that he will be part of the first resurrection. Even with his dalliance with women and problems …