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Topic: Body Language (11/25/10)
By Jasti Victor
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That day when his lot was to burn incense in the temple of God, Zacharias, dressed in a long white linen coat with a belt woven with blue, purple, and crimson, and wearing a plain cap and linen breeches under the coat, walked towards the temple. Making his way through the large number of people praying outside, Zacharias went into the temple towards the altar of incense. As burning incense does not take much time, the people outside waited patiently for him to come out.
Though he had been to the altar of incense, innumerable times, this was the first time that he saw a bright light. The bright light in the dim interiors of the temple dazed him and it took sometime to see clearly that the heavenly vision, was an angel. The angel was standing on the right side of the altar. Trembling Zacharias fell on his knees, and to put him at ease, the angel introduced himself as Gabriel and told him that God had heard his prayer, and that his wife Elisabeth was going to have a son.
Hearing Gabriel speak in a very soft voice, Zacharias became bold and doubted Gabriel’s rationale behind that statement. Gabriel, having been God’s messenger for ages, replied, I am Gabriel and have been sent by God to tell you the good news. And as you don’t believe of what I say is going to come true, you are going to be dumb, till, what I say comes true.
Zacharias when he came out of the temple could not speak. The body language and the dazed look made the people realize that he had seen a vision.
He regained his speech, only when Elisabeth bore him a son. He named him John. Zacharias from that time onwards was filled with the Holy Ghost and prophesied.
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