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A Man on the Run from a God on the Throne! (2 of 9)
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jonah 1: 4-16
1. If you are like are most people, and experienced somewhat of a normal childhood, then you were a frequent participant in the game "Hide-and-Seek." The origin of the game, Hide-and-seek, dates back to the late 17th century. The Oxford English Dictionary explains that the name of the game was used metaphorically by the poet John Dryden in its first citation: "'Sdeath, I begin to be weary of this hide-and-seek." A half century later, Jonathan Swift's character Lemuel Gulliver reported how the tiny Lilliputian children toyed with him: "The boys and girls would venture to come and play at hide-and-seek in my hair."
2. The game has the virtue of simplicity, with no need for equipment. One or more players hide, and when one yells, "All hid!" the others of the gang go looking for the hidden ones. The game was originally called "All Hid", because Shakespeare in his 1598 "Love's Labour's Lost" refers to "All hid, all hid, an old infant play," but a child, in the 17th century, improved the name. In American usage, another verb was added, and the name of the game, though not its metaphoric extension, is "Hide-'n'-go-Seek." 1
3. I recently heard of a telemarketer who called a home one day, and a small voice whispered, "Hello?" The telemarketer said, "Hello! What's your name?" Still whispering, the voice said, "Jimmy." The telemarketer asked, "How old are you, Jimmy?" The little boy answered, "I'm four." The conversation continued, "Good, Is your mother home?" "Yes, but she's busy."
4. The telemarketer then asked, "Okay, is your father home?" Jimmy answered, "He's busy too." The telemarketer responded, "I see, who else is there?"
Jimmy said, "The police." "The police? May I speak with one of them?" "No, They're busy." Finally, the telemarketer asked, "Any other grown-ups there?"
"The firemen." "Okay! May I speak with a f ...
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