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
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
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.