110. וְעוֹד שְׁאֵלָה שֶׁלָּכֶם יוֹתֵר עַל הַמַּשָּׂא שֶׁלֹּא יְכוֹלָה הַבְּהֵמָה לִסְבֹּל, לָמָּה הָיָה בַּחֲצוֹת הַלַּיְלָה וְלֹא בַּיּוֹם? וְלָמָּה מֵתוּ כָּל אוֹתָם הַחַלָּשִׁים שֶׁאַחַר הָרֵחַיִם? אֶלָּא הַכֹּל הוּא סוֹד עֶלְיוֹן בֵּין קוֹצְרֵי הַשָּׂדֶה, וְהַכֹּל הֻכְשַׁר (הִתְבַּשֵּׂר) בַּנָּבִיא הַנֶּאֱמָן.
In Exodus 12:29 we read “At midnight” and earlier it is written that Moses delivered the words of Hashem as “About midnight”; Exodus 11:4
“וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה: כַּחֲצֹת הַלַּיְלָה, אֲנִי יוֹצֵא בְּתוֹךְ מִצְרָיִם.”
“Then Moses said, “Thus says YHVH: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt;”
The friends say that Moses could be seen as a liar for inaccurate statements because it is impossible to determine the exact moment of midnight.
There are three difficult questions. 1) Why Moses said ‘About midnight’, when Hashem said ‘at midnight’. Moses wouldn’t be responsible if he were to quote Hashem saying ‘at midnight’. Even if it didn’t happen at midnight, it would not be on him, because he said ‘Thus says YHVH’.
2) Moses said that the firstborn of the maidservant would be killed but later it didn’t say so. Even the children of Israel may say that Moses was lying because it didn’t happen as he said it would.
3) Moses quoted Hashem as saying ‘About midnight’ and then it says ‘At midnight’, not ‘about midnight’ as Moses said.
The question that is heavier than what an animal can carry is why the killing of the firstborn was at night and not by day? and why did the weak behind the millstone die? This is a supernal secret among the reapers of the field, meaning those who have merits to understand the ‘plants’ of the ‘Ohr Haganuz’, ‘Concealed Light’ that were planted in Malchut that is called a ‘field’. And all is correct according to the faithful prophet, Moses.
The Zohar challenges what seems to be conflicts of expressions in the Torah, then tells us that there is always a supernal secret behind every ‘confusing’ point. Those who work in the ‘field’ earn merits to understand and reap the Light that is concealed behind the words of the Torah.
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