Pastor Mark taught us that the word “contrary” is in the Bible seven times in 21 verses in Leviticus and nowhere else. He said that contrary is the same as indifference.
Indifference is a cold and shallow place. If you are indifferent about something, it can take you to the end of the road ends without having arrived at your destination. When you do arrive at a destination, you’ve completed something. It can be exhilarating because you’ve accomplished a goal. Indifference only produces emptiness. In Leviticus,
G-D is not happy about Israel’s indifference or contrariness. He told the Israelites, “And if you walk contrary to Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.” (Leviticus 26:42) G-D wants people working with Him, not fighting against Him or being indifferent to Him. Indifference is like being lukewarm, and remember what Yeshua said about being lukewarm: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)
G-D desires a whole heart toward him; not one that is contrary – pushing against Him. And not one that is indifferent – feeling neutral toward Him. This is one reason the Sh’mah is so important.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “ Love the LORD your G-D with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. “With all” leaves no room for being contrary or indifferent.
When we truly love G-D, we pursue him wholeheartedly, with everything we have – nothing held back – and with joy and excitement. We realize that we get to love, serve, and tell others about the Great Creator – our Father—and we make a difference in the world as we serve Him with all our hearts.
The entire book of Leviticus is about drawing near to G-D. He explained the gifts we were to bring in order to draw near to Him. The offerings show us that we draw near to Him by giving something that requires a cost. To give a gift means that our arms are held out, compared to contrary– which would push away– or indifference which wouldn’t care about drawing near. What is it that we want to offer as a gift to G-D today? To bring a gift that He desires, we have to lay down contrariness and indifference and love Him with all our hearts! His desire is to be near to us! What an amazing G-D we serve!
Blessings and Shalom!