As soon as Gideon died, the children of Israel started to worship the heathen god Baal.
They did evil in the sight of the Lord
And became slaves to the Philistines.
An angel appeared to a woman and said, “You shall bear a son and he shall be set apart for God, a razor shall never touch his hair.”
The child was born and they named him Samson.
Samson grew to be a man and one day walking to the city, a lion attacked him.
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson and he tore the lion apart.
Samson wanted to take a Philistine to be his wife.
Travelling home, he ate some honey after finding a swarm of bees nesting in the lion’s carcass.
At his wedding feast Samson challenged the Philistines, “Whoever answers this riddle, I will give him thirty suits of clothes.
“Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong, came forth sweetness.”
Unless Samson’s wife told the Philistines the answer to the riddle, both she and her father, were in grave danger.
So she pleaded with Samson, until he reluctantly gave her the answer.
Then she told the Philistines, they said to Samson;
“What is sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion?”
The spirit of the Lord came upon Samson; and he killed thirty Philistines and gave their clothes to the young men.
Then he caught foxes and set fire to the Philistine’s crops.
In retaliation, the Philistines burnt Samson’s wife and her father.
So Samson slaughtered the young men and went to live alone on a mountain.
When the Philistines began persecuting the children of Israel.
Samson agreed that they could arrest him and hand him over to the enemy.
When Samson was in the hands of the Philistines, he broke free and killed a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey.
Samson judged Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.
In Gazza, the people planned to capture Samson.
When he came out of a prostitutes house.
But when Samson found the city gates locked; he just ripped them down.
Then he carried them to the top of the hill.
It came to pass that Samson fell in love with a Philistine, named Delilah.
“If you find out where Samson’s strength lies, we will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
“Samson please tell me where your great strength lies.” Samson replied;
“Tell them to bind me with seven bowstrings, then I will become weak like any man.”
With the Philistines hiding, Delilah bound Samson then shouted “Samson! The Philistines are upon you,”
But Samson broke the bowstrings with ease.
“Samson you have mocked me and told me lies.” Samson replied;
“If they bind me with new ropes, then I shall become weak like any man.” But the same event took place, and h broke free.
Next she bound him with seven locks of his hair and he made a fool of her a third time.
“Samson how can you say that you love me, when you treat me like a fool.”
“If my hair is cut in disobedience to God, then my strength shall leave me.”
So Delilah put him to sleep and the Philistines cut his hair, then Delilah shouted;
“Samson! The Philistines are upon you.” But Samson’s strength had gone.
The Philistines took out Samson’s eyes and he became a grinder in the prison house.
When the Philistines got drunk, they sent for Samson and mocked him.
Samson rested on the main temple supports.
“O Lord God I pray strengthen me, that I might take vengeance on the Philistines for mine eyes.”
Then he pushed with all his might, and the pillars crumbled before his touch.
The temple fell on about three thousand Philistines. So Samson killed more people at his death, than he killed throghout his life.
During the time of the Judges there was a famine in Israel, Naomi an Israelite, went to Moab where her husband and two sons died.
Naomi, was comforted by her two widowed daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Oprah, they were not Israelites, but had asked to stay with Naomi.
“No my daughters. I am too old to have another husband and more sons for you to marry.”
Naomi kissed them both.
Orpah departed but Ruth argued, “Wherever you go, I will go. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
So they journeyed together from Moab Bethlehem.
Naomi told her friends, “When I left I was full, but I have returned empty and bitter.”
Naomi had a relative called Boaz, who was a wealthy land owner, Ruth asked Naomi.
“Will they let me collect the dropped grain?”
So Ruth asked for permission, which the harvesters gladly gave.
Ruth was collecting the grain, in a field that belonged to Boaz.
Boaz asked his servant “Who is that girl?” The servant replied;
“She is the girl that came back with Naomi.” So Boaz approached Ruth and said;
“Stay here by the ladies in my field and follow as they reap.”
Ruth knelt down, “Sir, why have I found grace with you?” Boaz answered;
“You have taken care of Naomi. Now the Lord God of Israel bless you.”
“Let some grain fall on the ground for Ruth to collect.”
Naomi was delighted, when Ruth told her that she had gleaned in the field that belonged to Boaz.
So all through the harvest, Ruth worked with the young women, Naomi said to Ruth;
“Tonight watch where Boaz goes to sleep and lie down at his feet.”
“By this custom you are telling Boaz that you desire to be his wife.”
Boaz woke and said, “The closest relative to your dead husband is responsible to marry you. I know a relative that is closer than I.”
So Ruth lay at the feet of Boaz. When they got up, Boaz said;
“Don’t let anyone know that you came and slept at my feet.” Then he gave Ruth a generous portion of barley.
Ruth returned to the city and told Naomi what had happened.
That morning Boaz and met the relative he had mentioned to Ruth.
“Naomi has land to sell which belonged to her dead husband and sons.
You are the nearest relative, so if you wish to buy it then do so. If not then I, Boaz, am next in line.”
“Yes I will buy it.” said the relative, Boaz replied;
“According to our customs if you buy the field, you must marry the dead man’s widow.”
“I can’t do that; it would spoil my inheritance. You buy the land and marry Ruth.”
The relative giving up his right to buy, took off his sandal and gave it to Boaz.
Boaz immediately went to tell Ruth the good news.
He explained the custom of the sandal and declared that he now owned the land.
So Boaz took Ruth to be his wife.
Naomi was delighted when she heard the news.
And in due time the Lord blessed them with a son.
Naomi cradled her grandson with a heart full of love. The women said to Naomi;
“Ruth is better to you than seven sons. May your grandson restore your life, and nourish you in your old age”.
Ruth’s son was called Obed,. Obed was to have a son called Jesse and Jesse was to have a son called David. So Naomi’s third generation of grandsons was none other than King David.