January 07, 2007

Breadcrumb: Taking what's his

After the passage about the slaying of the Egyptian firstborn, God commands the Hebrews that once they enter Canaan, they must consecrate every firstborn, both human and animal, to him. (Ex. 13:2, 13:11-16) While the details of what this means will be clarified later, God already makes provisions against abuse of this situation. He says that every human first-born must be redeemed by their parents. (Ex. 13:13) This is, I suppose, God's way of ensuring that the Hebrews couldn't leave their unwanted firstborn on the doorstep of the Temple.

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