Two Birds For A Penny

by: Jimmy Carrier

We are in a time of God when we must know that we are free. We must know and understand how we got free and what having this freedom means to each one of us.

Psalm 91:1-3

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust. Surely He will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence.

We see the names of God used in this passage several times. Most High is translated from the Hebrew name of God, El Eleon, which means my source. Almighty God is translated from the Hebrew name of God, El Shaddia which means the breasted one. It speaks of a nurturer, a mothering operation, oversight, or to take care of.

We see God first as our resource and second as our provision. God gives these to us so that we will not be snared by the fowler. The snare of the fowler keeps you from doing what God wants you to in anything.

Psalm 124

If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say. If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us : Then they has swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us; Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

If it had not been for the Lord on our side we would have been destroyed. But because of His purpose He has kept us unto this day. We are in a day of demonstration when we are going to ask and we are going to receive. Not just in a realm of miracles but a demonstration of His life in us. A reality of what He is saying, a softness and true pliable operation to be formed in His image like we have never seen before. God is here to free us from anything that would keep us from misunderstanding or not understanding and fill us up with His life. We are with God and He is with us. You realize we have not been swallowed up by the world or by what man can do. Why? Because the Lord is on our side.

In verse 4 of Psalm 124 the word waters speaks of circumstances that overwhelm us. Our circumstances can not keep us snared. The thoughts that have gone over our soul can not be a snare anymore. We are able to take every thought that would exalt itself over what God has said into captivity just as we are instructed to do in 11 Corinthians 10:15.

In verse 6 of Psalm 124 the Lord has not given us as a prey to their teeth. Have you ever felt like you were being chewed on or eat up by something. Everything that has been said against you now and in the past to keep you from doing what God wants you to can not keep you snared any longer.

In verse 7 of Psalm 124 our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowler. Remember what Psalm 91 said ?God said He would deliver us from the snare of the fowler.

This means any snare whether it be a low self image, fear or doubt of your abilities or a sense of unworthiness. No matter what it is. It can not hold you any longer. You have escaped it even though you may feel you are still in the midst of it. God has broken the snares that have held us, we are escaped.

Where did we go? To the heavens which is also called an open field or open heavens. You will see this truth in just a moment.

Matthew 10:29

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ( a penny )? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father.

Who is the sparrow in this passage?

Leviticus 14: 1-7

And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying, (2) This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought into the priest: (3) And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and behold, if the plague or the leprosy be healed in the leper; (4) Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds, alive and clean and cedar wood and scarlet and hyssop. (5) And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. (6) As for the living bird, he shall take it and the cedar wood, and the scarlet and the hyssop and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over running water. (7) And he shall sprinkle on him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.

The Lord spoke to Moses by revelation. If the leper was clean the priest took two birds for him, alive and clean with cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop. Two birds were bought for one price. Were we not all bought for a price according to 1 Corinthians 6:20, and 1 Peter 1:18 ? The other bird was bought with the same price it took God the Father to let Jesus fall to the earth. This is the same price you were bought for.

In verse 5 the priest commands that one bird be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. The other bird, the living bird shall be taken with cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop and dipped into the blood of the bird that was killed over running water.

Let's look at Jesus, the sparrow. The person who had leprosy was unclean and a social outcast even to his own family. Leprosy is a disease and the root of all disease is sin. This is the same thing that has kept us all out of the city of God, sin.

The person with leprosy came to the high priest who gave a command to take the person outside of the city. Our High Priest Jesus was taken to a place called Golgotha outside of the city and slain.

Even before the world was when Jesus sat with God in the Spirit outside of everything…. Jesus was slain. This bird was killed by the Father. You did not kill Jesus. It pleased the Father to bruise Jesus. ( Isaiah 53:10 ) Your sin did not kill Jesus. This ironical teaching has only brought about emotional conversions to God that don't have anything to do with what Jesus did. It is time for Jesus to receive all for what He did. That too is the heart of the Father. He is ready to see the Son receive everything. Jesus went outside the city and He sacrificed himself.

This is what it involved to make the sacrifice complete. It took the cedar which refers to the evergreen that never dies. The cedar also refers to a king. It took a King in this mixture.

Scarlet refers to blood, crimson by color and a deeper literal meaning in the Hebrew language is a worm . It took a worm in this mixture. We remember references about a place where ' the worm dieth not'. This place was called ghenna which was a garbage dump where maggots live. This is the same word, worm and maggot. What scarlet is denoting is the color of this worm. In Psalm 22 David went into a time and dimension of spirit where God gave him a revelation of what Jesus literally was going to go through on the cross. In Psalm 22: 6 it says, 'But I am a worm and no man;'. It took a worm to get rid of our worm. Jesus identified with us in everything that we were.

Hyssop is a small bush which has a very bitter taste. They gave Jesus this in the bitter wine when He hung on the cross. From the cedar tree, the greatest to the smallest hyssop bush Jesus was taking care of everyone. From the greatest situation to the least situation. Jesus has taken everything that has kept us in a lower life form. This little bird, Jesus, was my sacrifice.

The high priest commanded that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel. Jesus had to take on an earthen vessel. The bird had to be killed over running water or moving, living water by some translations. That living water is the Life of God, zoe. Jesus said out of our bellies shall flow living water. ( John 7:28 ) When Jesus became you, you were killed over living water. The Life of God was going to sustain you even in that death. That is how Jesus could lay His life down and no man make Him lay it down. Because He had this commandment from the Father. ( John 10:18 ) Jesus not only could lay His life down but also take it up again because everything He was doing, He was doing by the Life of God. Jesus literally became sin. He became that thing for us but He did it over the Life of God because the Father had said it. Before Jesus had a physical body the Father said He would be His Son and that He would be of the order of Melchisedec forever.

God said this before the foundation of the world. Jesus remembered this in the Garden of Gethsemany when He said if there be any other way let this cup pass from Him. What happened then was the only thing He did not have in that meeting with the Father and the Holy Ghost started talking to Him. It was his body. Jesus never had any intentions to not drink of that cup but in that body He said if there be any other way. The Father told him there was no other way and they had agreed on this before they started.

Leviticus 14:6 says that the priest was to take the living bird with the cedar wood, the scarlet and the hyssop and dip them in the blood of the bird that was killed over running ( living) water. The Life of God sustains everything. God dipped us into the first birds (Jesus) sacrifice. The word dipped is the same Greek word that we derive the word remission from in the New Testament. This is the law of how we all were to be clean and it is still true today.

It was a ritual in that day but it is absolutely an experiential reality today. We have been cleaned because we have been dipped , baptized, submerged into Christ Jesus. We have received the remission or removal of sin altogether.

This means we no longer can be taken captive by the snare of the fowler. We have been dipped into Him. It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives and the life I now live I live by the faith of the Son of God. ( Galations 2:20 )

Leviticus 14:7 says the High Priest shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times and shall announce him clean and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.

The priest in the old testament had to take the blood and put it on their head, on their hands and on their feet. They would sprinkle everything seven times. The seventh time was a time of completeness to bring forth a time of demonstration. Once the sprinkling had taken place then it was a time for that which was already set forth in motion to be realized and to be demonstrated.

We are in a time that we understand that we all have been dipped into the blood, submerged in, become one as, identified with no separation from. It has taken us out of any snare that has caused our mind, our soul to be bound up. Now Jesus has loosed us from the snare of the fowler so that you can be exactly as the sparrow (Jesus ) Himself.

The high priest sprinkled the blood seven times and pronounced the leper clean. We too have been pronounced clean by our High Priest, Jesus.

Then the high priest let the living bird loose into an open field. Who is the living bird? It is not I but Christ. I was crucified with Christ and yet I live. ( Galatians 2:20 ) Not I but Christ,this living bird. One bird gave His life so that He could pick it up again in the living bird.

The word open in this verse means open or an entrance. It means that there is nothing there to keep you from going in. Because of the sacrifice there is an open heaven that the high priest has let this bird into. Jesus has taken us through the process irregardless of the circumstances or the things that have flown over your soul. Irregardless of how big or small any of these things were or are. You see the living water and the scarlet which we know represents blood. Everything comes forth in the New Testament by water and the blood. Not by water alone but by water and the blood. In John's gospel at the crucifixion Jesus side was opened with a sword and out came water and blood.

Jesus has cleansed us today. Everyone who hears this truth is cleansed. All we have to do is receive what Jesus has already done. This is at any level of life that anyone is living in. If you have never been born of the Spirit. If you have never been filled with the Spirit. Whether you are not free. Some people can not speak in tongues because of some kind of teaching and it is a snare of man. Sometimes the mind gets blocked in because we don't see it. How many of you saw salvation in it's completeness when you received Jesus? Why do we start out in the Spirit and end up in the flesh? ( Galatians 3: 1 ) Because we have let the snare of the fowler keep us from coming into what God wants us to come into.

TODAY YOU HAVE NO MORE EXCUSE ! Jesus has not only let you free out of your snare. He has broken the snare of the fowler that held you. If you are not saved as you read, there is no reason not to do that now.

Yes, there are still areas in all of us that are snares in our thinking. We have situations and circumstances that try to overflow our souls. Both big things and those hyssop size things that are real small but is it not the little foxes that spoil the vine? ( Song of Solomon 2:15 ) Now we know the truth about these snares.

The whole Bible is seen in this operation. Everything is seen in the cleansing of the leper. This ordinance of cleansing was under the law but didn't Jesus our High Priest fulfilled the law? Yes He did.

Go back to Psalm 124. If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side. Even at the time when the giant was in our life. That time when we could not see the forest for the trees, Jesus was on our side. He was coming to break the snares and to set us free as a bird in an open heaven.

Do you know how you get purple which is the color of royalty? You take a blue sky and mix some red earth with it. Just like that crimson worm, you take that blue sky and you mix that earthy red with it and you find a Kingship. God has destined himself to have a kingdom of priest. Priest and kings unto our God just as Revelation 1:6 states. God has taken that Life of Christ and has dipped or submerged us into it so that now we have arisen with Him into a King, Priest ministry now in this earth.

The Lord was on our side all the time even when we did not know it. Before we were in our mother's womb He knew us. ( Psalm 139 ) God set in our heart right then whether we knew it or not a desire to know Him. The snare of the world kept us until the Lord demonstrated to us what He had done. Then the snares lost their hold on us. Now all we need to do is know Him and see the demonstration of Him. Not just His acts or His ways but His LIFE. His Life is the Living Water.

Psalm 124:2-3 If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us: then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

The word men in this verse does not just mean flesh and blood. Do you realize that we all are still going to go through some of these things. We are persecuted for the words sake. There will be people who misunderstand because of the stand you take. You want more of God and they can't put out your fire. They won't be able to get you to slow down. Be assured if God is fueling the fire and not man then you will not burn up.

In verse 4 it says the waters could have overwhelmed us and the streams gone over our soul. Verse 5 continues talking about proud waters that would have gone over our soul. Proud waters are people who will not say what God says about them. This is a snare.

Verse 6 says we are blessed because God has not given us as prey to their teeth. We talked about what prey meant earlier. Verse 7 declares that our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken and we are escaped.

We need to declare that our soul, our mind, our emotions and our will have been reconciled to God because of His sacrifice. Our soul is FREE to think with the mind of Christ . ( 1Corinthians 2:16 )

Declare with your mouth that your soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken and you are escaped. Declare also verse 8 of Psalm 124. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

We must declare the things we have in this earth. It is time to declare and see it manifested. God says He wants His people to expect to see it. Quit waiting on it. We still are waiting to see some things happen and God has already done it. He has already killed the bird ,taken you and dipped you into that sacrifice. Allow the process that needs to go on and God will raise you up a living bird and let you go into an open heaven. Praise the Lord.

This teaching is available as a booklet and is a ministry of Fellowship West.

Jimmy Carrier - Pastor

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