I wanted to know the etymology behind this phrase and found some good info HERE.
Do me a favor and read the following:
Olly olly oxen free (and variants: ollie ollie umphrey, olly-olly-ee, ally ally in free, ally alley ocean free, etc.) is a catchphrase used in such children's games as hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game, that the position of the sides in a game has changed (as in which side is in the field or which side is at bat or "up" in baseball or kickball), or, alternatively, that the game is entirely over. It is thought to derive from the phrase "All ye, all ye 'outs' in free,","All the outs in free" or possibly "Calling all the 'outs' in free;" in other words: all who are "out" may come in without penalty. However, this may not be the etymology at all--"Olly olly oxen free" is suspiciously close to the German phrase "Alle, alle auch sind frei," meaning "everyone, everyone is also free." Various calls used for such purposes have gone by the collective name of "ollyoxalls" in some places.
Did you see it?
So much Gospel imagery in that description.
Didn’t see it?
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
7 Therefore do not become partners with them;8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation
Does that help you see what I saw at all?
“(all) who are hiding can come out into the openwithout losing the game”
Everyone in darkness has opportunity while it is still light to believe.
If you believe now, you will enter into light with no penalty and be counted as one never having indulged in darkness.
It is lost in continuing to strive to impress the One upon it dying.
“the position of the sides in a game has changed “
God’s grace turns rebels into His righteousness.
“the game is entirely over.”
“all who are ‘out’ may come in without penalty”
1 John 1:8-9
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
"everyone, everyone is also free”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life