Why are the “firstborns” important to God?


The Lord also said to Moses, “I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the Lord.” Numbers 3:11-13
            The firstborn human had a place of special significance since they received the inheritance of the family and were next in line for family leadership when the patriarch died.  The firstborn animal of a mother also reflected a theme of importance. 
            In Egypt, when God wiped out all the firstborns who did not cover their door frames with blood, God showed that He had a special place for firstborns in that they represented life and family.  He wanted them protected by the blood of the lamb.
            Jesus came to earth as the firstborn son.  He Himself is presented as the one and only Son of God.  It’s a theme of birth significance that points to Jesus.