This scathing sermon is filled with warnings of judgment, woes upon hypocrisy, and dripping with sarcasm. READ MATTHEW 23. It is no wonder that after Jesus finishes this sermon, the Pharisees plot to kill Him (26:1-4).
“Pray without ceasing” doesn’t mean to spend all your time on your knees or go around “saying” prayers.
It means maintain an attitude of prayer in everything you do.
Our civil leaders serve to protect us from evil and to praise those who do well (Rom. 13:3; 1 Pet. 2:14). We are more secure because of their service.
The account of the good Samaritan is a story about Jewish prejudice. After Jesus states the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself, a lawyer asks, “Who is my neighbor?”
The Pharisees and lawyers were like that. They would play a lively song, but God wouldn’t dance to their music. They would play a sad song to God but He wouldn’t weep. Likewise, when God plays music that is lively and joyous, to Him, they sit bored and indifferent.