And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.…
"Continually in the temple!" Observe that! The disciples were now thoroughly assured that they had an Advocate in the heavenly temple, but this did not withdraw them from the earthly. On the contrary, they seem to have resorted with greater frequency to the courts of the Lord's house, well convinced, by the circumstance of their Master's departure, that they had an Advocate with God, and we may be sure that there is something radically wrong when a sense of the privileges of Christianity produces listlessness, and does not produce earnestness in the use of Christian ordinances. He is not a strong Christian who feels that he can do without sermons and sacraments, any more than it is the appetite of an energetic man, when there is no relish for food. It is no sign of good faith or well-grounded hope that the Christian seems beyond needing the means of grace; as well might you think it a sign of knowledge and security against shipwreck that the mariner was above consulting his chart or making observations. "Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God."
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.