As most of you know I attended Churches for years which believed and taught only dispensational theology. I was a bonafide, dyed-in-the-wool “dispy” for 25 years. Part of that teaching concerned what we refer to as the ‘Holy Land’. Having never been there I had this picture in my mind of what it must be like: everyone still walking around attired in robes and sandals, an “other-worldly” spiritual atmosphere in which holiness oozed from everyone and everything. Aha! It sounds silly now, but this was before my plunge into the internet age so all I had to go on was the picture painted for me by bible teachers (all dispensationalists) and my imagination. I can actually recall a news item on the internet which burst my bubble and any preconceptions about modern day Israel being “a” holy land. It concerned the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem. That news article not only shocked me but helped start me on my road out of dispensational theology, where along the way, the truth that no piece of real-estate or geographical area or land on this earth today, is Holy.
For God no longer dwells in a tabernacle or temple built by human hands nor is worshiping God tied to Jerusalem:
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?” Acts 7: 48-48)
“For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 8:20)
And we, who’s names are written in the Book of Life, are the Temple of God and that which makes Holy (the Holy Spirit) dwells within us. Hallelujah!
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Eph. 2:20)
Anyway, this is a pretty long lead-in to what I really wanted to point you to…which is a very good message found at Soul Refuge,
Whenever we hear the term “Holy Land” most people will immediately think of the present State of Israel in the Middle East. Most people are aware that this is where Jesus the Christ [Messiah] literally walked this earth, approximately two thousand years ago, and millions of people have visited the “Holy Land” over the years. Did the Lord Jesus Christ tell us that the physical land itself was “Holy” or did He teach us something different? We can get some spiritual understanding from a meeting that the Lord Jesus Christ had with a woman from Samaria. In this passage the Lord made a request for a drink of water as this woman came to draw water from a well. The woman from Samaria was surprised that this Jewish man would even talk with her:
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the GIFT OF GOD , and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee LIVING WATER.(John 4:9-10)
The Lord then went on to teach this woman concerning the living water, and the everlasting life which was available to her. [John 4:11-20] At one point the woman brought up the subject of worship, and the fact that the Jewish people said that “… Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”[John 4:20]
The next passage reveals much about the subject of the true worship of God….