The All-Powerful God Rests
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. – Genesis 2:2-3
There is no lack of scripture that alludes to the incredible power of God. In fact, God seems to have only needed the use of his mouth to create the universe (good post on that by Kory Capps). The concept of rest is typically associated with laborious work, tiredness, or exhaustion. These attributes are never things we apply to God. Why then did God rest after creation? Was it simply for man’s good, to set in motion the concept of not continuously needing to work?
The Earth Creates Water For Itself
Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the the whole surface of the ground. – Genesis 2:5-6
Here we can see that there are 2 distinct types of water: Rain and mist. Nothing yet had grown from the seed God put in the ground because he had not yet caused it to rain. But instead of God causing it to rain, it seems that the dirt produced a mist to water itself. This seems odd. If the ground is producing a mist, it had to have had water in it, and it would be losing water to create the mist. So this seems to cancel itself out. The ground lost water to produce a mist, and gained the water back. Why was that necessary, and how was that effective? Why didn’t God just send rain?
Why also was it important to point the necessity for man to cultivate the ground? Plants and trees seem to grow just fine without the intervention of man. Could this mean that the “shrub” and “plant of the field” are more specifically meaning plants that man was meant to eat and maintain?
Man Placed In The Garden Twice
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. – Genesis 2:7-8
Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. – Genesis 2:15
There is a six-verse gap between these accounts of man being placed in the garden. As an author of this account, what might have been the purpose of stating this twice?
Did Adam Not Eat For A While, Or Did God Use InstaGrow™?
Back in verses 2:5-6, we see that no plants had grown yet because God had not yet sent the rain, but God caused a mist from the ground to water everything. Verse 7 then states, “Then the Lord God formed man…” So there is no way to be sure how long it was between God watering the ground and the creation of man. So it seems that if man was created within actual days of this, there would be nothing for him to eat for a while.
After the creation of man, God planted the garden of Eden. God then placed Adam there, and gave him instruction of what he could eat and what he could not eat. It takes many years for trees to grow and bear fruit. So did God temporarily break the rules of plant grown and sped up the process, or was there an interesting period of time that man had to experience before plants and trees were grown to be able to eat from?
Also, if creatures were created even earlier than man, what did they eat if nothing yet had grown?
Animals First, Or Man First?
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky , and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. – Genesis 2:18-19
In Genesis 1, God created birds and creatures of the sea on day five. On day six, the beasts of the ground were created before man. However, in chapter 2, this seems to be the opposite way, with man being created first, and God seeking to create a helper for him. The focus of animal creation here is more so that man will not be alone.
I do realize that this could be another statement about how God already formed all the creatures, and not that he was actually creating them at this time. But, it is interesting how the order can appear to have switched around.
Did Adam And God Talk About The Surgical Procedure?
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” – Genesis 2:21-23
In order for Adam to say what he did, he had to know that God had taken something from him to create women. It’s interesting to wonder about how it all happened. Did God and Adam have a chat about it before the procedure, or was Adam unaware of what was about to happen, and God explained it all after woman was created? Either way, Adam knew about it somehow.
Also, were did God fashion the rib into a woman? She was “brought” to him, so it could have been somewhere not right by Adam.