Malachi 1:6 – A Son Honors His Father

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, then where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is the respect due me? Says Yahweh of Hosts to you, priests, who despise my name. You say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ — Malachi 1:6 — World English

Malachi 6:1 is sometimes presented by trinitarians as evidence of the trinity in the Old Testament; evidently, the thought is that since the word “father” is used, it is imagined and assumed that this refers to Yahweh, not as three persons, but unipersonally as their alleged “first person” of the assumed triune Yahweh. Thus, the assumption of trinity has to be added to and read into the verse, since the mere mention of Yahweh as “father” to Israel does not lead to the assumption that “father” has any reference to the asssumed trinity.

Israel’s claim that Yahweh is their “father” is not in the same sense that Jesus claimed Jesus as his father, nor in the same sense that the new creation sons of the New Testament claim the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their “father.” Israel’s claim was as a “nation,” not individual sonship, since Yahweh had created Israel as a nation, likened to a son. (Exodus 4:22) However, as a whole the nation failed to give Yahweh the honor of a father, as described in Malachi 1, even though proclaimed Him as their “father.” If they claimed God as their Father they should render to Him the love as a son; if they claimed to be His servant they should render to Him a servant’s reverence — such love and reverence should be the greater toward God in proportion as God is great above all others. This, like many other things in the Old Testament, does serve as type, an example, for Christians. — Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:6,11.

Nevertheless, what we do not find in Malachi 1:6 is any reference to Yahweh as three persons, nor do we find any indication that the reference to “father” here is meant to carry any meaning of being an alleged “first person” of the assumed trintarian dogma. The scripture is, however, in agreement with the rest of the Bible, presenting Yahweh as the unipersonal God, who is described in the New Testament as unipersonally “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus.” — Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3.

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