Unload Your Heavy Wheelbarrow/Laai Af Jou Swaargelaaide Kruiwa

God compares Himself in Is.46 with an idol or a false god in terms of carrying weight – Him as the One who wants to carry us, while an idol needs to be carried, and causes the carrier to become weary. In the Afrikaans Bible He describes Himself as “…Ek het julle gemaak en Ek sal julle vashou, julle dra en julle red” (Jes.46:4).

Although the wheelbarrow is not mentioned in the Bible, the cart, which is in the Afrikaans Bible called ‘die wa’ is mentioned in the Bible. It had the purpose of carrying a load, and was pulled by animals. If the load was heavy, it caused the animal to get tired. The wheelbarrow has the same effect in that if it is heavily loaded, it causes the person pushing it, to get tired and weary. Then the load becomes a burden.

There are many different types of burdens mentioned in the Bible. Some examples are – sin, anxiety, oppression and sickness. While we are still in the time of the Covid 19 Pandemic, people are carrying various burdens. Marelize shares God’s word for this moment – to unload your heavy wheelbarrow and to keep unloading it before God, while the Holy Spirit is your Helper (Parakletos) in this, for “the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Is.10:27).

Ps.51 1 Pet.2:24 Ps.81 Is.9:4 Is.10:27 Is.53:4 Ps.68:19 John 14:16-17 Matt.11:28

A Wall of Fire and a Rib Cage / ‘n Muur Van Vuur En ‘n Ribbekas

The Jews in exile, returned to their promised land under the blessing of king Cyrus, to rebuild their temple. But they were a threat to their neighbours. After complains from the neighbours, they stopped the building, and started focusing on building their own homes. The prophet Haggai then gave them a warning from God that they should stop setting up nice homes for themselves, while God’s dwelling place were in ruins. The prophet Zechariah followed that up, with a word of judgement from God, about their history of turning away from God, upon which the Angel of the Lord interceded for them at the myrtle bush. So the Lord said that He’ll have mercy on them – that they should rebuild the temple, and that He Himself with be the wall of fire around them, while the city was having no wall of protection against their angry neighbours. He then declared that the temple would be build not by might or power, but through the working of His Spirit. This gave their leaders boldness to build again, in the face of fierce adversity.

Marelize shares on how God’s word was fulfilled there, and applies it to us as Christians when we receive assignments from God, even after we have made mistakes in our understanding of the assignment. She links God’s protection as a wall of fire, to a vision she had recently of a rib cage, of its protection around the most important organs in our bodies.

Ezra 3-5 Hag.1:4-11 Zec.1:16 Zec.2:4-5 Isa.54:17 Isa.5:4 Isa.26:1-4

For more on the prophetic meaning of the myrtle bush, see Ester Anointing Oil and Harvest Time Anointing Oil

The Cedar and the Silver Palace/Die Seder En Die Silwer Paleis

How God cares for us as His loved ones, is captured in the words about the little sister in Song of Solomon. It says that if she is a wall, then upon her will be built a tower or palace of silver, and if she is a door, she will be enclosed with planks of cedar. Marelize describes this picture of God’s protection, and of His care and provision for our royal identity.

Song 8:8-9 Ex.30 Heb.9:13-15 2 Chron.25:18 2 Sam.7:2 Jer.22:15 Zec.11

Fragrance in Heaven

In the book of Revelations heaven is described in all its beauty. Amidst the continuous worship singing in heaven, a fragrance is rising, initiated from earth by the prayers of the saints.

The tabernacle of Moses was an image of the worship of God in heaven. Marelize uses the contents of the incense altar where the high priest prayed and the different perfume notes that it releases, to compare it with the different aspects of prayer. She uses the Lord’s prayer as model of the different aspects of prayer, and the advantage of memorizing scripture to use in prayer, as encouragement for us, to realize the impact of our prayers in heaven.

Rev.4 & 5 Ex.30 1Thess.5:17 Ps.45 Ps.141:2 Luke 11

About the Incense Altar – Our Prayers Before His Throne Are Filling the Golden Bowls of Incense

My Conebush and the Grace of God / My Tolbos En Die Genade Van Die Here

A conebush, also called the tolbos in South Africa, can roll for long distances over areas of flat terrain, when it is driven by the wind.

Marelize compares the action of the conebush with the Hebrew word ‘galal’, which means to roll over, or to roll upon. The one context in which it is used in the Bible, is when it describes the rolling of your ways or your works upon the Lord, so that He can carry it, and that your plans can work out according to His ways. Another context in which it is used, is when the Bible describes how God rolls away the reproach, the shame and the disrespect from His people. King David also prayed that God will roll away the reproach and contempt of others around him.

The conebush is driven by the wind. In a similar way the Wind of God, the Holy Spirit drives the action of rolling away the reproach of others, or the rolling of our ways upon the Lord. David is a good example of being treated with contempt, getting angry as a result, but then withholding from acting out his anger when Abigail intervened. David’s submission activated God’s intervention, so that God killed the one who treated him with contempt.

Ps.37:4-8 Ps.22:8 Prov.16:3 1 Pet.5:7 John 14:16 Jos.5:9 Ps.119:22-23 1Sam. 25