God cursed their blessings! He did not remove blessings. He did not send curses instead of blessings. The blessings themselves were cursed.

Who deserved this?

And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart” (Malachi 2:1-2 ESV).

The priests were God’s appointed spiritual leaders, but in worship services they did not bring the best to the altar. They showed utter contempt for God.

The priests were also God’s messengers. But they withheld truth from the people when they did not carry out God’s will that “a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts (Malachi 2:7 ESV).

God has not changed His mind. Priests (aka pastors, ministers, parsons, preachers, shepherds of the flock) are to conduct worship services that honor and respect God as well as to present and explain what God says. Today, however, these two roles are often neglected.

While leading his church’s business meeting not long ago, a pastor vehemently stated he would not preach on homosexuality. Just as strongly he stressed that he was not allowing any of the associate pastors to do so. His declared reason: The pulpit has weight.

God’s instructions for right living would not be consulted. The Bible was closed. The voice of God in print was shut up.

When the messengers of God refuse to open the Word of God and teach the will of God, what do you think will happen?