As I start reading the Bible, I always come up with questions early on, which is good because I get to watch God show me the answers as I continue to read. Why does the firstborn belong to God? And what is a matrix? Why does an unclean animal require a lamb as redemption? Why should its neck be broken? I now get why Jesus taught in parables because God speaks through life. Jesus taught using parables to confound the unbelievers, and now I see that it’s also essential in understanding the Old Testament.
Here are the answers I came up with. Before God released Israel from captivity, he killed the firstborn of everything in Egypt, and he expected that they should be thankful that their children were not killed and that they should consecrate them to him. The matrix is the womb, and when they left Egypt, they were now being forced out, like being pushed out at birth. They broke the seal and are now released from captivity. So, the unclean animals are like us and require a redeemer, who happens to be Jesus; otherwise, we are as good as dead in the eyes of God.
Look at how he laid out the story of the Exodus from Egypt and see how it fits perfectly with the story of Jesus. Only God could create a parallel that works so perfectly. Learn to understand the parables of your life. What lessons is God trying to teach you through your story, and what can you learn about him through them? Israel had no idea they were living out the story of Jesus; we now see the reflection clearly. Recognize Jesus in your own story.
That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD'S. And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem. Exodus 13:12-13