Luke 1:61-65

Luke 1:61 (KJB)
And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

The relatives were unable to understand why she had departed from tradition by not naming the baby after Zacharias. They were still not understanding that this was a special situation and they were commanded to call the name of the baby John by divine decree. At that time, the name “John” was not a common name as it is today but Elisabeth obeyed Gabriel and would not relent. Obedience to God in the Christian life is not a matter of personal choice.

Luke 1:62 (KJB)
And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

In an attempt to possibly override her decision, they turned to Zacharias and asked him what the name of the child should be. The old priest may have been hard of hearing because they had to make a sign to him concerning the matter. If he was able to hear better, then he would have already known what the subject of the discussion was.

Luke 1:63 (KJB)
And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

Since he was still unable to speak at this time, he signaled that a writing tablet be given to him and he wrote the name of “John” on the tablet. The relatives were in a state of wonderment as to why they named the child John and the fact the both Elisabeth and Zacharias were in full agreement. They still probably did not know the full story concerning the naming of John and who it was that told Zacharias to name him that.

Luke 1:64 (KJB)
And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

As soon as Zacharias had named the baby John in full agreement with his wife, his obedience in this matter was complete and with that, his voice had now returned unto him as the angel Gabriel told him it would. Then the first thing that he did was to speak and probably he then told everyone in attendance the narrative of why they named him John and the whole story of the visitation by Gabriel. Then the next thing that Zacharias did was to start praising God. They probably started singing some of the Psalms and it was probably a loud group and no doubt was heard on the streets. (Psa 96:1 KJV) O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. It was a new song because the prophesied day of the Lord was now at hand.

Luke 1:65 (KJB)
And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

For some time the events surrounding the birth of John was the main topic of discussion in this small town, perhaps even in the hills of Judea. The people had told the story and had feared, but not the cowering fear, it was the fear of God, the understanding of the awesomeness of God. Once the entire story was told, it became the center story for the glory of God at that time. The birth of John and the healing of Zacharias caused the people to suspect that something more was happening in the home than just the birth of a child. How right they would have been because things were just getting started.