The Starfish Story

Text: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the
word at my mouth, and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:17).

In our text a warning is given to, God’s then people, Israel. With the understanding that
God’s dealings with Israel, under a different covenant, does not directly apply to us I do
believe that we can agree that the concept of the text does apply to us under a new covenant.

Regardless of the Biblical “age”, whether it be the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or the
Christian age, the fact is that God has always loved, and cared for, all of mankind.
Likewise, God has always desired that we, as well, love and seek the best for our
fellow man. Consider the following admonitions
We are to love our neighbors (Matthew 19:19).
We are to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
We are to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
Some may be prone to think of God’s concern as relating to only the physical well being
of man. Not so. It also applies, and much more so, to man’s spiritual well being. Relative
to our concern for the well being of others, we are told to “Go into all the world and
preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). Because of His love God has desired
the best for all of mankind, especially for our salvation.
The question is, “How can we possibly minister to the whole world?” I think the following
story give us a logical answer to this question.