This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered Luke 1:18-20. Here was the conclusion:
Zacharias did not believe Gabriel. Consequently, Zacharias would not be able to speak until after his son was named John.
"21 And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marvelled while he tarried in the temple."
(Zacharias took much longer than normal to burn incense before the altar. Remember, verse 10 stated the whole multitude was praying outside while he did this chore. So, the multitude's attention was focused on wondering why Zacharias was taking so long...)
"22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: and he continued making signs unto them, and remained dumb."
(The multitude perceived Zacharias had seen a vision because he was trying to tell them by acting it out...which caused everyone to realize he couldn't speak. Remember, this passage came from Luke's Gospel Account. Luke was not one of the twelve Disciples. Luke didn't experience this event firsthand. A multitude experienced it and Luke was able to learn about this memorable event decades later because a multitude experienced it together.)
"23 And it came to pass, when the days of his ministration were fulfilled, he departed unto his house.
24 And after these days Elisabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord done unto me in the days wherein he looked upon me, to take away my reproach among men."
(After Zacharias finished his responsibilities, he was able to see his wife again. Zacharias and Elisabeth chose to have sexual intercourse "after these days"...God did not impregnate Elisabeth. If He had, He would have done it while Zacharias was away. Zacharias impregnated Elisabeth and God made sure it was a male that had the attributes according to Gabriel's prophecy. Elisabeth hid herself for five months, so no one knew she was pregnant.)
A multitude was aware that Zacharias had seen a vision while burning incense and was unable to speak. Elisabeth conceived once Zacharias returned from his responsibilities. Elisabeth hid herself for five months.