Here we have much the same teaching as we have read before. The faults denounced are hard to remove, hence the Saviour exposes them again and again. He was not ashamed to preach many times upon the same topic when there was need to do so. Let us learn from this passage to avoid all self-seeking and hypocrisy in religion. May the Lord make us true and humble.
O Lord, if I have not begun
To tread the sacred road,
Now teach my wandering feet the way
To reach thy blest abode.
Or if I’m truly in the path,
Assist me with thy strength,
That I may swift advances make,
And reach thy house at length.
My care, my hope, my sole request,
Are all comprised in this,
Truly to follow Christ my Lord,
And then to share his bliss.