The Harm And Hope Of Scoffing: Learning a lesson from Zechariah

Key Text: Luke 1:5-24, 57-79

When Gabriel the Angel delivers the exciting news of a promised son for Zechariah the priest and his barren wife, the aged man’s first response was scoffing laughter and disrespectful questioning. There’s harm in that type of response. Laughing at God in disbelief comes with a warning label. But there’s also hope in this story. The story doesn’t end in mute silence, instead, it climaxes in joyful prophetic singing. Zechariah’s hope — our hope — was about to step into our world.