While serving as a priest, Zacariah got chosen by lots to enter the temple and burn incense.
Zacariah Becomes Mute
So Zacariah went inside to burn the incense, but suddenly an angel appeared. Zacariah was trembling in fear so the angel told him to not be afraid. He said his prayer was heard and that his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son that would bring all the Israelites back to God. They were to call him John.
Zacariah didn't believe him and stated that Elizabeth and him were too old to have children. The angel got angry and told him he would be mute till the day his son was born.
When Zacariah finally came out, the others realized he couldn't speak. They understood he had a vision inside the temple for he was giving them signs.
Elizabeth finally had her son. On the eighth day of John's birth, he was taken to be circumcised.
They were going to name him after his father Zacariah until Elizabeth spoke up and said his name would be John. Everyone was confused and said to her no one in there family had that name. They then asked Zacariah what the child would be called. Zacariah asked for a writing tablet. Everyone was surprised to see he wanted his son to be called John. Immediately after he wrote it, he was able to speak. He started to praise.