Passing on morals through storytelling…

Since the beginning of time it has been a tradition to pass down family stories that give incite to what life was, “once upon a time.” These stories or family myths are retold just as the unknown author had originally intended. (Altshuler and Janaro, 2012 p 37) Sharing cultural traditions that are passed on from generation to generation and last forever. These stories teach life lessons that will never alter or fade with our ever changing society. In this paper I will share a story about David and Goliath. This particular story shares a Biblical lesson that teaches children there is nothing to big that they can’t conquer with the help of God the Almighty. David and Goliath is a story I remember reading when I was a child, and is one I read to my children today.
In the story of David and Goliath we are introduced to a young boy, named David who was very small and battled a giant named Goliath. This story takes place in Bible times and can be read in 1 Samuel 17. David was the youngest of three brothers. His brothers were in the army for the nation of Israel and were fighting a great battle with the Philistine army. David’s father sent him to deliver loaves of bread to the brothers at the front of the lines and was told to report back with news of them. When David arrived to the battle field he heard a giant named Goliath demanding for a soldier to fight. The Israelites ran off in fear, but David showed no fear. He told King Saul that he would stand up to Goliath the giant and he would fight for the people of Israel. No one believed that David could defeat the giant. He was young and small. He told King Saul that the Lord would give him the strength stronger than all the armies to defeat Goliath. He was suited up in armor, but quickly removed the armor due to the difficulty it created in walking and moving about. Along his travels to the front line where he would meet Goliath, the young boy stopped to pick up five small stones for his sling shot. With nothing but his sling and his staff he walked towards Goliath. The giant mocked him due to his puny size and tried to break him down with hurtful words. Goliath told David that he would feed his flesh to the birds and demanded for some real competition. David told the giant that he did not need a sword or a javelin, but that he was armed with the Lord Almighty. With this, David reached for one of the smooth stones he found earlier and slung it at the Giant. The stone hit Goliath in his forehead and he fell down to his face. With the help of Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty and a small stone, David a small boy defeated the giant known as Goliath.
This story has been passed down from generation to generation within Christian families. Stories are a great way to share a moral or lesson because they allow the child listening to visualize the lesson and retain it better. Story telling is entertaining and develops an imagination within the young minds of our children as they read, study, and retell the tale to others. Children also develop keen communication skills through sharing these practical tales. In the Bible story of David and Goliath the reader learns through God all things are possible. There is no giant too big for God. There are also hidden lessons within the text. David chose to remove the armor that was provided by King Saul and to use what he was familiar with, his sling shot. We learn that it is important to be yourself. By using what he knew how to maneuver and his faith and trust in God he was able to defeat the Giant. With this we also learn that it is important to know your weapons and be prepared to use them.
By passing down stories of faith we are able to pass on or pasts and learn from them. Holding on to these traditional tales we show children the importance of diversity in our culture and the value of tradition. Stories, like David and Goliath may have happened many centuries ago, but the truths and the lessons learned through the retelling of their story are timeless.

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