Zechariah had now received one of the great Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew scriptures.
As surprising as it might be for you and I to hear a donkey speak, Balaam seems to have taken it in his stride, for he answered his donkey, as though this were a perfectly ordinary part of his day. It is actually more astonishing that Balaam should have answered in the way he did!
Generational sins complicate life. You and I live with the consequences of what the previous generations did, even what our own family members did. But there is always a way out.
The risen Lord was about to be revealed, first to Mary, then to the women who had come to complete his burial, and finally to the disciples and all those in his inner circle of on hundred and twenty devoted supporters and friends.