The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 1:20
And behold, thou shalt be dumb, &
c] Or "silent; and not able
to speak", if he would. Silence is sometimes voluntary; but this was
what he could not help;
until the day that these thing shall be performed;
which he had said
concerning the conception and birth of a son, and the imposition of a
name on him; for this dumbness remained upon Zachariah, not only until
his wife had conceived, and the child was born, but until the eighth
day after, when he was circumcised, and his name was given him the
angel directed to: "because thou believest not my words": he was struck
both deaf and dumb, as appears from his friends making signs to him,
(Luke 1:62) which they had no need to have done, could he have heard:
he was struck with deafness, because he hearkened not to the angel's
words; and with dumbness, because from the unbelief of his heart he
objected to them. We learn from hence, what an evil unbelief is, and
how much resented by God, and how much it becomes us to take heed, that
it prevails not in us: and especially since it easily besets us: "which
shall be fulfilled in their season"; first the conception, then the
birth; after that the calling him by his name, and in process of time,
the doing of his work and office; so that the unbelief Zacharias did
not make the faith of God of none effect; for though sometimes the
people of God are very unbelieving, yet he abides faithful to his word
and promises. Mahomet, in his Alkoran F11, very wrongly makes the angel
to say these words to Zacharias;
``thy sign shall be, that thou shalt speak unto no man for
three days, otherwise than by gesture.''
And elsewhere F12 it is said three nights.
F11 C. 3. p. 40. Ed. Sale.
F12 C. 10. p. 249.