In this daily Bible reading is the account of Assyria overrunning Israel whose king was Hosea. In the ninth year of King Hosea (722 BC) Assyria conquered Israel and removed the people.
The king of Assyria then took captives from other lands and settled them in the land of Israel, in Samaria. These people became the Samaritans, and there is a population of Samaritans in Israel today.
The king of Assyria also placed one of the Israeli priests in Israel to teach the Samaritans how to worship the God of Israel. This they did, but they also worshiped the idols that they were accustomed to worshiping from their native lands.
Much later, Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well and convinced her that He was the Christ, the Messiah who was prophesied to come into Israel. Jesus also convinced her villagers of this fact. Many Samaritans became Christians.
The woman told Jesus that the Samaritans worshiped God on Mount Gerazim, but the Jews worshiped Him in Jerusalem. Jesus then told her that the place of worship is not important. Rather, God wants to be worshiped in ‘Spirit and in Truth.’
The Bible says that Jesus is the Truth. The Bible also says that Jesus is the living Word of God. True worshipers will worship God according to the Truth, the Word of God, which today we have in the Bible. I therefore believe the Bible is essential to our Salvation journey.