by: Gabrielle Watt.
Zechariah asked a seemingly logical question here. He was old and his wife was no spring chicken either. They had not been able to conceive before and I imagine he was a bit frazzled with an angel just appearing. So, why punish Zechariah? Gabriel answered this in verse 20. Zechariah did not believe. It is possible he wanted to believe but also did not want to be disappointed if things turned out differently. He was focused on the nature of his circumstances, instead of trusting in what God could do in spite of his circumstances. Although it is very easy to get caught up in what is around us, it is important to remember that God is bigger than all our troubles. With that in mind, it is pretty illogical not to believe Him.'