"There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years." (AV) Luke's flow of thought: Luke's major emphasis: Deliberate contrast Major focus: The character of Zacharias and Elisabeth in spite of their experience. Luke's details: The Contextual Flow: Implications: There are at least two major difficulties for believers: