Summary: There was a game that we use to play as kids, back in the time when kids actually went outside to play. The name of the game that we use to play was called Hide-N-Seek; some may remember it as touch the tree or kick the can.
“All ye All Ye All Come Free”
Pastor M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Hebrews 10:19-25 “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And [having] an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”.
This is a very familiar scripture and so many times we use this scripture especially the 25th verse as the scripture for church attendance. I have done it and it is a very good scripture to use for that purpose; however, when we limited to just church attendance we miss the true beauty of the scripture and what the writer of the Book of Hebrews was truly trying to get the people to whom he was talking to and even for us today understand and do.
There was a game that we use to play as kids, back in the time when kids actually went outside to play. Parents would tell kids go outside and play and we would have a great time. As a matter of fact we would have such a good time playing outside that we hated for the street lights to come on –WHY- because that meant it was time to come inside. The name of the game that we use to play was called Hide-N-Seek; some may remember it as touch the tree or kick the can.
The premise or concept of the game was this person that was it would cover their face against a tree and count to 100, everyone else would run and hide. The person who was it once they counted to 100 would then try to find the ones that were hid. The ones that were hid it was their goal to get to the tree and touch the tree without getting caught or tagged by the person that was it, if they made it to the tree without getting caught then they were safe, but if the person that was it touched them before they touched the tree then they became it and had to count to 100 and find the ones that were hid.
I didn’t care much for this game because I was the chunky kid and couldn’t run very fast so when I was it I was it all day. However, there is a part of the game that ties very well with this message tonight and that was the part of the game that went like this – “All ye All ye All Come Free”. This was said when someone was caught before they touched the tree and others were still out away from the tree, they hadn’t made it to the safe zone yet. WATCH THIS- because of what happened to this person everyone else was granted free access to the tree. They didn’t have to worry about being caught and tagged as it, they could touch the tree by walking right pass the one who was it and didn’t have anything to fear because of what happened to somebody else. So the call went out because of what happened to somebody else.
The call was “All ye All ye All Come Free” by it became slang as “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free”.
Well we find in our text here today that the call of “All ye All ye All come free” has gone out –WHY- because of what Jesus Christ has done.
BACKGROUND:- The Book of Hebrews was written between 30 and 60 years after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There has been a lot of debate over who wrote the Book of Hebrews, some say that it’s not Paul and others say it is. The fact of the matter is not so much who wrote it but why it was written – purpose, and what benefits it produced –outcome or destiny.
Hebrews is an Epistle. An Epistle is a formal letter intended to provide instruction. So the Book of Hebrews is instructions to a group of believers that had been persecuted and who have seen some stuff that were becoming discouraged and where ready to go back to what was comfortable because of the persecution they were experiencing. They wanted to go back to their old way of life because they felt that they were in control of their lives. What they came from was comfortable and people like to be comfortable. The song writer said it like this “Nobody told me that the road was going to be easy, but I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me”. Nobody told them that the road was going to be easy, but they were losing faith and didn’t believe that God was still with them as well as beginning to view Jesus Christ and what He did in low regard. They were beginning to let their traditions and customs, rituals and supercilious superstitions have greater superiority then the works of Christ.