Hello everyone! I was reading the Christmas story in book of Luke yesterday night. First chapter of Luke. We see 2 very very similar events. Announcement of birth of Child for Mary and Elizabeth by Gabriel. The announcement happens to Zechariah and Mary (father and mother). The narrative is very similar. Reactions are also very similar. But we see Zechariah is struck to become dumb. Whereas Mary is blessed. Why do you think there is this difference? I will list down the similarities. 1) both did not expect a baby 2) Both feared - Zechariah was troubled, Mary was greatly troubled 3) Zechariah asks - how shall I know this? Mary asks - How will this be? 4) both had promises of a son 5) both has promises of son who are going to play a pivotal role in history of how God dealt with mankind. Given the similarities of events, we see Zechariah's reaction got him so much trouble! Why do you think that was the case? I was reading some sermons and saw one by John Piper. he had a very nice scriptural backup to explain that. I will put that in another post. But would love to hear from everyone on why different outcomes for Mary and Zechariah.