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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Body Language (11/25/10)

TITLE: Dumb
By Jasti Victor
12/01/10


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In the days when Herod was the king of Judea, Zacharias was a priest. Both he and his wife Elisabeth were very righteous and followed God’s laws and commandments. Though married for a very long time, they remained childless, and now that they are well stricken with age, they left hope of having any children.

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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Yvonne Blake 12/02/10
This is a great story for this topic! I suggest that you show the exact hand gestures and facial expressions of Zacharias to make it more realistic.
Keep writing.
Rachel Phelps12/02/10
Excellent idea for this topic. I agree with Yvonne - make it more personal, show us some exact moments so we don't feel like we're just reading the Bible story. Good creativity.
Mildred Sheldon12/03/10
The title was perfect for the story that followed. That is one of my favorite Bible stories. Thank you and God bless.
Nancy Bucca 12/07/10
I like your unique take on this topic. The idea of an angel's soft voice causing Zacharias to doubt is something I'd never thought of before. I do agree that more descriptions of bodily gestures would strengthen the piece.
Brenda Rice 12/07/10
I like your take on the topic. I'm sure there was plenty of body language when Zacharais realized he was dumb.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/09/10
You did a great job retelling the Bible story and weaving the topic into it. Great job keep writing I really enjoy your work!