Read Ezekiel 16 today.

This chapter includes another allegory, another illustration explaining the long history of Israel and Jerusalem. Israel was chosen by God, and this is what makes Israel special. Yet Israel had acted as if the opposite were true: we are special, and this is why God has chosen us.
When we act as if our ‘specialness’ is an innate characteristic, we begin to think everything is about us. We begin to think we can do whatever we want. But when we recognize that our ‘specialness’ is a result of our relationship with God, we are able to remember it is not all about us, we are able to give God the glory God deserves.
Israel and Jerusalem missed the mark relative to this perspective. Badly. And there were consequences for doing so. The same can be true for us. God has chosen to love us. Not because we are worthy of His love, but merely because He has chosen to do so. May we not take his love for granted, nor act as though we deserve it.
Finally, in the last verses of this chapter, we find God’s reconciliation and forgiveness. This is God’s last word. May we embrace God’s love, grace, and forgiveness through Christ.
Ezekiel 16:4-6, 14-15, 60, 62-63 NLT
On the day you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was not cut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and wrapped in cloth. [5] No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were unwanted, dumped in a field and left to die. [6] “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’
[14] Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD. [15] “But you thought your fame and beauty were your own. So you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking.
[60] Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were young, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. [62] And I will reaffirm my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD. [63] You will remember your sins and cover your mouth in silent shame when I forgive you of all that you have done. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”