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Exodus 13 — What is the meaning of “redeeming the firstborn”?

My question is referring to the following verses of Exodus 13:

“The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭13:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬ http://bible.com/111/exo.13.1-2.niv

And

““After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭13:11-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬ http://bible.com/111/exo.13.11-13.niv

I understand that God commanded every firstborn animal to be slaughtered, but what did he mean by “redeem every firstborn among your sons”? Were they to be killed also?

I haven’t finished Exodus yet, but so far, I found no more mention of this. No account of whether the Israelites actually went through with it, or whether they rebelled, or anything like that, while at the same time, Exodus 16 describes in great detail the instructions they received for the gathering of manna, and how people who rebelled against that and kept more than they needed were punished by it rotting away and getting maggots in it.

You’d think that if there is rebellion against such a simple command such as “gather only as much manna as you need”, there would be an outcry against killing any of their sons.

Also, wasn’t the whole point of the Passover rites to save the lives of the Israelites’ firstborn? Why would God give such specific commands for them to be saved in Egypt, only to command for them to die after they’ve been in the desert for a few days?

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