The next couple of weeks we will be looking as the noun and the verb that are most of the time translated as will or wish in the verb form but have a very different meaning. As we study this word we will discover that the root idea of “determination” is carried forth in the usage in context. Next each of the passages that we study I will put the English word that translates this Greek word. 

Monday:  Acts 27:42-43    (Plan, Wanting, Purpose)

Question: In this passage the noun is used in v. 27 and the verb twice in v. 28. What was the “plan” or determination of the soldiers? What was the determination of the centurion? Whose determination was carried out? Why? Why did the centurion not want to kill Paul? What does this passage show us about this Greek Word? 

Tuesday: Acts 2:22-27; 4:23-28   (Determined Counsel, determined purpose)

Question: What did the Father determine about Jesus from these passages? What record of this determination is given in the passage? Was the crucifixion a surprise to the Father? Why or why not? How did Herod and Pilate do exactly what God determined that they would do? What was the purpose behind this determination of the Father?    

Wednesday: Mark 15:15; John 18:39    (Wanting, Will/Want)

Question: What was the determination that Pilate asked the crowd to give him in John? Why would Pilate let the crowd make this determination? What did Pilate determine in Mark 15? Why did he determine to do what He did? If Pilate and the crowd determined that Jesus was to be crucified, how did the Father determine it according to the passages from yesterday?     

Thursday: Hebrews 6:17    (Determining/ Counsel)

Question: The first use in in the verbal form and the second as a noun.  What can we learn about what God has determined from this passage? What does “Immutable” mean? How does verse 18 tell us why God’s determination is “immutable”? How does God show the immutability of His counsel to us? Why is that important?    

Friday: Ephesians 1:11    (Counsel)

Question: The term “will” at the end of this verse caries the idea of “desire”. How is the counsel of God related to the will of God? Does God determine everything that He desires? Why or why not? Does God desire everything that He Determines? How is God able to determine all things and have they all come out just as He determined them according to this passage?       

Saturday: II Peter 3:9     (Willing)

Question: How can God determine that not “any” would perish? Who are the “any” in the context? Who are the “all” in the context? Why can this passage not be talking about everyone on earth based on the other passages that we have studied this week? What confidence does this give the Christian? Thank God for His determination today.