142 DOMESTIC EDUCATION.
are parts of his method of governing the universe.
Nature teaches this to the heathen and to the
Christian. Revelation confirms and illustrates
the certainty of this method to every Christian
father and mother. God approved the character
of Abraham because he commanded his children
and his household. He also made that fact a
reason for revealing to that patriarch his purpose to
destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen. xviii, 17-19.
He also tells us the end for which Abraham com¬
manded his children and his household. It wras
two fold: a. That they should keep in the paths
of righteousness. 6. That the blessings promised
to him and to his children might be realized.
Just at this point this divine statement con¬
cerning Abraham is worthy of analysis. To make
this we are compelled to go behind the naked
statement. 1st. God had promised that the
descendants of Abraham should be a great and
mighty nation. 2d. That all the nations of the earth
should be blessed in him. (Gen. xii, 1,2.) 3d. That
this mighty nation should be innumerable as the
stars in heaven and the dust of the earth. (Gen¬
esis xiii, 16; xv, 5.) 4th. That kings should be
among his progeny. (Genesis xvii, 6.) But every
one of these promised blessings was conditioned
upon Abraham's domestic government—the home
training—the household education which God re-