THE TRAINING OF CHILDREN. 19
the power for its accomplishment. Man may re¬
quire, and often does demand, that which is both
unreasonable and impossible. But God never did
and never can do this. Therefore, we once more
affirm, a child can be trained in the way he
Moreover, if we consider the latter part of
this divine statement as a promise, then we say
that God will make it good.
"Lift up thy rod, and stretch out thy hand
over the sea and divide it; and the children of
Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst
of the sea." Such was God's command to Moses.
The unbeliever standing by, and hearing this di¬
vine mandate would have cried out impossible.
Who can divide that sea and lead these millions
through on dry ground? But Moses stretched
out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused
the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that
night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters
were divided, and the children of Israel went
into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground,
and the waters were a wall unto them on their
right hand and on their left." (Exodus xiv, 16,
21, 22.) When God commands let man obey.
Then if the difficulties in the way be human, he
shall have power to overcome them; but if they
be superhuman, the Omnipotent God, who gave