And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.…
I. THE DISCIPLES WENT TO THEIR OWN COMPANY. They naturally desired the society of those who had sympathy with them.
II. EVERY PERSON BELONGS TO SOME COMPANY. There are two classes: saints and sinners. Affinities, proclivities, etc., are only subdivisions of these.
III. RESTRAINTS OF LIFE MAY PREVENT OUR OPENLY JOINING OUR COMPANY.
1. Our work.
2. Public opinion.
5. Lack of courage.
IV. WHEN THESE ARE REMOVED EACH PERSON WILL GO TO HIS OWN PLACE. What a change would follow if this world had no social, civil, or moral law laid upon it — every one a law to himself! The devil in man would make havoc in human history. This has been proved wherever restraints have been slackened.
V. THE TEST OF CHARACTER FOUND HERE.
1. What is our company?
2. Are we restrained by work, circumstance, or policy from joining it?
3. Is it a company God can approve of?
4. What is our influence on it, and its influence on us?
5. We shall go to our own place at last.
(G. F. Humphreys.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.