What was the mission of John the Baptist:
He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God and herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah.
What was the cause of Zechariah’s punishment:
He did not believe his wife Elizabeth would conceive and bear him a son.
What similar temptations to unbelief do I face:
This one is hard to answer. The one thing this past year that God has really dealt with me is giving Him Thanksgiving in all circumstances. Good and Bad. An example is giving Him thanks for my son dealing with drug addiction. What I have learned is by giving God thanks for this I am learning to trust Him more and more, and giving Him control of the situation.
Why ought Zechariah to have believed, and why ought I believe:
Because God does what He says he will do. And I really believe that good can come out of all situations if you let God lead the way.
The importance of verses 1-4:
Eyewitnesses of the events that happened, those who took part of it, their stories were fact checked for accuracy and then written down so we can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what we are taught.