Let’s Play Charades
Verse 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
Now that Zechariah has been sentenced to silence he has to face everyone on the outside, each interaction would be a reminder of his doubt. He couldn’t even speak to say that God had broken His silence to His people.
God’s silence would have been something that was taken as matter of fact by this time. When Zechariah entered that special room to burn the incense those praying outside thought it was business as usual, but then the time dragged on and he still wasn’t out. Then he emerges but can’t speak. Zechariah himself is still trying to wrap his head around what has just happened. He tries to explain what has happened in a quick game of charades.
What gesture does one use to say, “An angel just met with me and I’m going to be a dad?” The confusion of the people would build as they tried to understand the gestures of the now mute priest. But there was one thing they could tell, Zechariah seemed oddly joyful about not being able to talk and whatever had happened as he burned the incense. Something big had obviously happened while he was serving in this special way.
Now the hard part for Zechariah is waiting to go home and see the promise fulfilled. He was likely a bit distracted the rest of his week of service. Each time the scent of the incense filled the air he would be reminded that the time was coming. We can imagine him making the best time ever getting home from his week away. But then he had to try to explain it to his wife, Elizabeth.
Talk about shock, it is a good thing that Zechariah had a few days to absorb what was going on in their lives because his wife was in for a shock of a lifetime. Even through the shock, Elizabeth is filled with joy as the promise takes shape. As her abdomen grows and she starts feeling the life growing inside her, she can’t help but believe this amazing thing that God is doing. Elizabeth’s declaration of praise is not standard wording for worship, but by saying that God did this to her, she was giving Him all the glory.
Making It Personal
When you reach the receiving end of the promise do you give Him all the glory? What are some things that you should give Him praise about today? Do you give Him praise only in private or do you tell others what He has done?
Making It Personal Kids
When Jesus does something for you do you thank Him? Do you tell others what He has done? What can you praise Him for today?
Father, we praise You for all the ways You keep Your promises to us. Of course one of the promises that we are most grateful for is the promised Messiah and we await Your return. Please help us live and speak to give You glory for the rest of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.