Let’s try a smaller bite of Genesis this time, shall we? Here we go!
Liveblog through the ESV:
4 These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
This sounds like a new beginning to me. ‘These are the generations…. in the day that the lord God made…’ what happened to seven days? Now we’ve got one day?
5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Hold on. we just read that plants and vegetation were created on the third day, and humanity not until the end of the sixth day. So how is it now that ‘when no bush … was yet on the land’ The Lord breathed life into the man? you have to do some pretty creative thinking to balance out that discrepancy, especially if you want to be an inerrantist.
8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
So now God plants a garden, but no mention of anything outside of the Garden. I would assume he created other places too, and the Garden doesn’t exist in some barren wilderness. And here also, we have two trees – the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The two trees which will define humanity for the rest of history.
Rather than go through the NET here, I’m going to look at the theology of this second creation account as a whole in a couple of weeks… saves a lot of going over the same material again and again. back to Mark next!