How Shall I know?
Luke 1:8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9 As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense… Luke 1:11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 16 And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. 17 He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” Luke 1:18 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.” … Luke 1:23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. 24 Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.”
Zachariah and his wife were both past the age for people to have children. He was chosen to serve to enter the Holy of Holies, to present the offering of incense before the Lord for the forgiveness of sin. A rope was tied around his ankle so if by change he was struck down by the hand of the Lord for doing something incorrectly, they could pull the rope, dragging him out of the temple, recovering his body. An Angel of the Lord appeared before Him and spoke about the things to come, i.e. he and his wife were going to have a child. Zachariah recognized this was an Angel of the Lord. We can safely assume that Zachariah has never had an Angel appear before him and talked with him. We can safely assume that no record exists of any Angel appeared before any priest while serving in the Holy of Holies.
I find it humorous that Zachariah is seeing a miracle happen before his very eyes, he is not dead, a Angel of the Lord is speaking to him in the Holy of Holies yet Zachariah doubts that God can do as He so promised. I wonder if I like Zachariah doubt God? How about you? Do you look at your own abilities and make the determination what God can and can not do? Look at the prayer of the Apostle Paul and what he believed about God.
Eph. 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
God can do more than you or I could ever think.
Do you believe it?