Summary: Corruption in high places - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accusation – Lawlessness Practiced (vs 1-5)
Condemnation – Lawlessness Punished (vs 6-8).
Vindication – Righteousness Praised (vs 9-11)
• Victor Hugo, wrote a number of very well-known novels;
• These include, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ & ‘Les Misérables’ (Les- Mis-era).
• One of his lesser known books is called “Ninety-Three.”
• It tells of a ship caught in a dangerous storm on the high seas.
• At the height of the storm,
• The frightened sailors heard a terrible crashing noise below the deck.
• They knew at once that this new noise was made by a cannon which had broken loose.
• It was moving back and forth with the swaying of the ship,
• Crashing into the side of the ship with terrible impact.
• Knowing that it could cause the ship to sink,
• Two brave sailors volunteered to make the dangerous attempt to retie the loose cannon.
• The sailors knew that the greater danger to the ship & crew was not the fury of the storm;
• But rather the danger from within;
• At any moment;
• The loose cannon could burst through the side of the ship and cause it to sink.
• TRANSITION: The biggest danger we all face is the corruption from within!
• It is the terrible depravity within us which can so often overwhelm & threaten us.
• Now because each of us are flawed creatures;
• We ought not to be surprised when we see corrupt behaviour in other people;
• We ought not to be surprised when we corruption in high places;
• If we had not come to faith in Jesus Christ;
• We too might be considered dishonest and crooked, untrustworthy;
• And without the filling and enabling of the Holy Spirit in our lives;
• We could so easily revert back to type – the old nature.
• A dictionary defines corruption as:
• 'to make impure, to make morally unsound, to act dishonestly, to pervert, to bribe'
• And this is can most often be seen through the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
• According to International Chamber of Commerce;
• ‘Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world.'
• And according to the World Bank every year US $1 trillion is paid in bribes;
• While an estimated US $2.6 trillion is stolen through corruption;
• Sums equivalent to more than 5% of global Gross National Income (GNI).
• Corruption in high places is nothing new;
• Greed and abuse of power are as old as human history.
• And even though we know this to be the case;
• It is still a wonder why we are shocked or surprised;
• When we hear stories of corruption in government and among our political leaders.
• TRANSITION: In this psalm David is clearly taken aback;
• By the size and scope of political corruption of his day.
Quote: Bible commentator J.J. Stewart Perowne writes: