And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying…
1. We see here that real piety is not confined to men of years or learning.
2. That religion in its main substance is adapted to the capacity of the young.
3. From the example before us we learn that great benefit may accrue to youth, from a stated attendance on Divine institutions. Public worship is as much an ordinance of God under the gospel, as was the Passover under the Law. The example of Jews bringing their children to the temple reproves the neglect of many Christians.
4. The young are under special obligations to acknowledge and praise the Redeemer. True religion will operate in pious affections and exercises of heart toward Christ.
5. That youthful piety is peculiarly pleasing to Christ.
(J. Lathrop, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,