“But Zacharias replied to the angel, ‘How can I know that this is true? I am an old man myself and my wife is getting on in years ...‘
‘I am Gabriel,’ the angel answered. ‘I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. Because you do not believe what I have said, you shall live in silence, and you shall be unable to speak a word until the day that it happens. But be sure that everything that I have told you will come true at the proper time.‘
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zacharias, wondering why he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out and was unable to speak a word to them—for although he kept making signs, not a sound came from his lips—they realised that he had seen a vision in the Temple. Later, when his days of duty were over, he went back home, and soon afterwards his wife Elisabeth became pregnant and kept herself secluded for five months.
‘How good the Lord is to me,’ she would say, ‘now that he has taken away the shame that I have suffered.‘” (Luke 1:18-25)