In Luke 4 we see Jesus enter the synagogue at Nazareth, read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and announce that the prophecy of good news for the poor, release of captives, healing of the blind and the year of the Lord’s favour has been fulfilled that very day. The crowd are amazed and speak well of him. But then something changes.
Many Christians rightly emphasise the importance of reading the whole Bible, not leaving out any parts or skipping over sections that we don’t like. But how good are we at this in practice? Do we actually end up focusing only on the parts that suit us, that reinforce our own views, and that show that we are right and others are wrong?