Bible Question:

It is widely recognized that Genesis 1 and 2 offer two distinctive views of creation. Why?

Bible Answer:

The creation accounts include Genesis 1, an overview of the creation of our world and the surrounding universe by God, while Genesis 2:4-25 gives us some detailed information about the creation of Adam and Eve on day 6. The chart below illustrates the focus of Genesis 1-2.

God's Creative Acts

Shrubs of The Field

The phrases “shrub of the field” and “plant of the field” in Genesis 2:5 refer to cultivated plants.

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 whole surface of the ground. Genesis 2:5-6 (NASB)

That is the sense of the Hebrew language. Therefore, the passage is telling us that no seedlings or sprigs had been planted and cultivated yet. Apparently, the plant life was growing wild and God caused it to be watered with a mist.

Adam and Eve

The rest of Genesis 2 describes the creation of Adam and the Garden of Eden.

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 (NASB)

God then proceeds to tell Adam to cultivate the land. Adam also named the animals of the world, and finally we are told about the creation of Eve.


God’s description of the creation of the world is sufficiently detailed and specific to help us understand that God created the world. God has made the point that He created humans. We are not the product of evolution; that is the message of 1 Cor. 15:39.

All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 1 Corinthians 15:39 (NASB)

God made us unique. Men and women were created in the image of God. We were made to have a relationship with God. He loves you, and He seeks a relationship with you!

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