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Luke 1:18-22
Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.” Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah to come out of the sanctuary, wondering why he was taking so long. When he finally did come out, he couldn’t speak to them. Then they realized from his gestures and his silence that he must have seen a vision in the sanctuary.

I mentioned Zechariah receiving the promise that his wife would bear a son, and that son would be John the Baptist. This is much like Abram's situation in Geneis, yet unlike Zechariah, Abram responds with belief: "Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness". (Genesis 15:6) When God proposes the impossible, take courage and believe. The angel Gabriel, in response to Zechariah's disbelief, makes him silent for a time. I'm sure this experience served as a future reminder to Zechariah that anything is possible with God.

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