How do you know that what you are told is true?
lf God is on your side, why is life littered by unwanted challenges and broken dreams?
Religious people have faith, but in what? Zechariah obeyed God's commandments in his private life, and fulfilled the requirements for priests when he was working in the temple.
Some people say that if you have great faith, then God will answer: and there are Scriptures to support that. But God is also far greater than the limits of our faith.
John the Baptist did not choose his career. God appointed him as the 'last of the Old Testament prophets' (even though his story is at the beginning of the New Testament).
The angel had announced that a baby boy would be born to a geriatric couple. At first sight, Zechariah's question seems very reasonable.
The old, childless couple had a baby on the way, because God said it would happen.
Mary was a teenager who accepted the angel's message as truth from God: she accepted that her baby would become the Messiah King (see Luke 1:31-33).
Mary, in the early stages of pregnancy, went to stay with her relative Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John.
Mary had received confirmation of the angel's message through Elizabeth's prophecy.
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