I close this chapter by saying, when these
four conditions are fulfilled the child or the chil¬
dren trained under them can not fail, in many
instances, to develop an interesting character; in
almost all cases, a good character; and in some
cases a grand character, with inherent and ac¬
quired abilities to work effectually for the well-
being of mankind.1
What gave Abraham his power with God,
and his power over man? It was his personal
consecration ? What made his family and his
household greater than those of the surround¬
ing heathen ? It was his consecration of that
household to the service of the only true God.
declares that the sign of Jehovah shall hover over both
tlie dwellings of individual families and over the assembled'
total of the nation. Every single house, as well as the house
of Jacob as a whole, shall be God's holy tabernacle, as
formerly the typical Tabernacle was alone." The words
emphatic I have taken the liberty to italicize.
•On this interesting subject Rev. A. Vinet, one of the
best French thinkers, says: "Christianity, simply compre¬
hended and simply applied, prevents, without contradic¬
tion, the grossest errors. The Gospel is, for things essen¬
tial, the best treatise on education, and, in general, the
child brought up Christianly is a child well raised."
("Le Ohristianisme, compris simplement et simplement
applique1, previent sans contredit les plus grosses erreurs;
l'evangile est, pour les choses essentielles, le meilleur
traits d'lducation, et, en general, l'enfant eleve" Chretienne
ment est un enfant bien eleveV') "L' Education, la Fam-
ille et la Socie'te." page 7.