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An angel appeared to Zachariah standing on the right side of the altar of incense. Like any normal person, Zachariah gasped and was afraid.
The angel told him not to be afraid and that his prayer had been heard. He would have a son. The angel continued to give more information about the son he would have.
Zachariah's reply got him in trouble. He said, "How will I know this? I am old and my wife is well advanced in years."
The angel said, "You will be mute because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled."
Once baby John was born and Zachariah affirmed the baby's name should be John, he had his speech restored.
Zachariah and Elizabeth gave their son John, who is also know as John the Baptizer, and the one who would "make ready a people prepared for the Lord", a good home. He learned how to survive on little and did not have his strong spirit to speak his mind squelched. If anything, Zachariah may have encourage John's outspoken convictions.
Let's look at the time when Mary visited Elizabeth. Elizabeth was far enough along in her pregnancy that she could feel her baby leap. Zachariah no doubt knew of the visit and had heard the news about the angel's visit to Mary and the message that she was chosen to be the earthly mother of God's Son, Jesus.
My question is, do you think Zachariah immediately believed what Mary said?
Also, since he was a learned man, as a high priest, do you think he put the puzzle pieces together and understood his son, John would be the one to prepare the way for Mary's son, Jesus?
And last, do you think he realized he was chosen to be the earthly uncle for Jesus, the one who would save His people from their sins?
Yes, our answers will be our thoughts and opinions. The Bible doesn't answer these questions. But it is good to study those who God placed in the earthly family of our Savior and to think about what they experienced.
I hope you are having a blessed advent season.