Interwoven in the description of the northern
conquest in Joshua 11 is the theme of God's
sovereignty. But what does this mean? In simple
terms, it means He controls all things. We often
think of it in terms of election but the term is far
broader than that. It has been said that God either
rules over all or he does not rule at all. God's
sovereignty is writ large in this chapter
1. coalition (1-5)
The wicked kings come together against the Lord and
2. comfort (6)
Be not afraid for I will deliver
3. conflict (7)
Conflict is not quick but ends in victory
The Lesson: God's sovereignty is seen
1. in His authority to command (12)
Joshua destroyed as Moses the servant of the Lord
commanded. Jehovah gave the initial command and it
was passed on. There is no debate or argumentation
with God on the part of Moses or Joshua.
2. in His bringing victory in conflict (6-9)
2a. In his words to his people (6)
These words would mean nothing if God did not rule
2b. in His working through His people (7-8)
We see the agency of men and sovereignty of God.
Mark 16:20 mentions the Lord working with them. The
dignity and honor of the gospel laborer is that God
is pleased to use them. The Anakims were mentioned by
unbelieving spies but in 21-22 they are gone. God
works with us and through us.
2c. in His warning to the people (9)
The people had to destroy instruments of war rather
than use them. It is a warning not to forget God is
in the ultimate authority. Joshua heeded the warning.
3. in His conduct toward enemies (20)
If you are determined to rebel, your soul is in
peril. Joshua 11 is justice. The gospel is mercy.