I’ve been looking at the distinction between God (el), God (eloha), and the Almighty in the book of Job and noticed something. Oftentimes these seem to be named alongside one another rather than as the same entity. So I was looking at the possibility of el referring to Jesus and came across what seems to be a very detailed messianic prophecy.
You will miss this in most translations because only the more literal translations preserve this.
Job 33 (ESV)
14 For God (el) speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it.
(Jesus says keep watch twice in Gethsemane)
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds,
(The disciples sleep)
16 then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings,
(Jesus restores the ear to the servant of the high priest)
17 that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man; 18 he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
(He saves Peter’s life, showing him he will die by the sword if he lives by it.)
19 “He is also rebuked with pain on his bed and with continual strife in his bones,
(ESV renders the literal he as man. He refers back to el who is now shown suffering)
20 so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite the choicest food. 21 His flesh is so wasted away that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen stick out.
(Beatings remove his flesh so it cannot be seen, and the crucifixion dislocates his bones so that they stick out.)
22 His soul draws near the pit, and his life to those who bring death.
(He approaches death on the cross)
23 If there be for him an angel, a mediator, one of the thousand, to declare to man his uprightness,
(ESV renders “what is right for him” but “uprightness” is literal. Appears to refer to the robber on the cross. The messenger, the only one willing to declare Jesus’ uprightness.)
24 and he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom;
(Jesus has mercy on the robber and spares him from destruction. He provides the ransom.)
25 let his flesh become fresh with youth; let him return to the days of his youthful vigor’;
(Future resurrection, in reference to the robber who is spared.)
26 then he prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his [own] righteousness.
(ESV renders man prays to God, but literal is he. Either Christ prays to God for the robber’s acceptance or His own acceptance. His righteousness is given to man.)
27 He sings before men and says: ‘I sinned and perverted what was right, and it was not repaid to me.
(KJV renders “if any say, I have sinned” in line with confession.)
28 He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.’
(Lays out salvation if one confesses their sins. Jesus is the Light that is then looked upon.)
29 “Behold, God (el) does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, 30 to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.
(Not sure if the parallel ends here, but possibly refers to when Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him, and then restores him after. Or perhaps the three days Jesus was dead, but this is a weaker parallel.)
These are the words of Elihu, whom God does not rebuke at the end of Job.
Is this interpretation a stretch, or does it hold merit?