So the priest Zacharias and his bride had no children. It was his turn to go into the Holy of Holies. He might come out alive and he might not. It depended on whether he was pure of heart or not. It was a tough job but someone had to do it. Anyway, while inside an angel says his bride is going to have a baby and Zacharias can’t believe it. The angel makes him mute. That’s not the funny part. He could have been killed.
The funny part is when he comes out of the Holy of Holies and with sign language tries to tell his old lady wife and the crowd out front of the temple, that she is going to have a baby. Now that is funny! Sorry about the “old lady wife” part. It just seemed to add to the joke even though it is a bit insensitive. 🙂
Just now as Gabriel and his angel buds read my blog, wonder if they are pointing at it and getting a laugh remembering the old days….?
Dr. Luke tells it like this… “The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. Behold, you will be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things will happen, because you didn’t believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple. He continued making signs to them, and remained mute.”