In Luke 1:5-20, Zechariah was in his office as a priest of God. He was preaching the name of God, telling them about the mercies of God, he reminded the people about what God did for Abraham, how God delivered the Israelites from the hands of Pharaoh.
He knew all these things yet, when the angel of the same God he was preaching came and delivered a message from God to him, he doubted the power of God.
The angel of God struck him with dumbness. The angel took advantage of his office (Angel Gabriel’s office) as God’s minister of information to shut Zechariah’s mouth and God honored it.
To the angel, Zechariah didn’t actually know the God he was preaching to the people about, so the best thing was to shut his mouth.
This declaration, wasn’t part of what God sent him (Angel Gabriel) to go and deliver to him (Zechariah). But when he (Angel Gabriel) heard the unexpected response from Zechariah, he declared to him(Zechariah) saying, “I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God (office) , and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings…”
He told Zechariah his name and invoked the power of his office as one who stands in the presence of God and used that advantage to shut his mouth. His office as one who stands in the presence of God gave him (Angel Gabriel) the opportunity to know God personally.
You can’t keep telling people about this God whom you don’t know until you experience him personally. You will experience him now but it will cost you your vocal cord for a while. And God honored the words of the angel. He had been telling people what he had read about God but didn’t believe that he would experience the power of God personally in his life.
The angel expected him to believe expressly haven read about Abraham, Hannah, Rachel etc.
But when the angel Gabriel told Mary about God’s message for her, she believed him expressly.
This is a case of a preacher doubting the power in the word of the One he preaches about while the follower heard and outrightly accepted the word of God for blessed is the one who did not see but heard and believed.
To be continued…