The Midnight Mystery
HaShem told Moshe to tell Paraoh that the plague will happen at “exactly midnight,” yet when Moshe warned Paraoh, he told him that it will be at “around midnight.” Why the change?
Moshe realized that the Egyptian astrologers had no way of telling the exact time. Don’t forget that in those days there weren’t cell phones or atomic clocks that could be relied on for the exact time… by the second.
That’s why Moshe did not want the astrologers to mistakenly think it was midnight when it was still, for example, 11:59 PM. They would probably accuse Moshe of making the whole thing up, “Haha, Moshe! Who cares that all our firstborn were killed?” they’d laugh. “The main thing is that you were wrong… off by a minute… that’s 60 seconds! WHAT A JOKE! Hilarious! Ha, ha, ha! LOL! Let me catch my breath, I am laughing so hard!”
In order to make sure this did not happen, Moshe told Paraoh, that HaShem would strike