Genesis 2:5-6

Verse

[These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,]

Genesis 2:5 – And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

Genesis 2:6 – But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Commentary

This verse conveys a profound and important piece of information. It may appear that God had already created the plants, animals, and man upon the earth during the prior creative days. However, that is not correct. It must be noted that the creative actions are happening in the spiritual realm. In Gen 1:26-27 he created Man, male and female. Where did this happen? Not upon this earth. This is the creation of the spirit of man, before his body was ever formed on earth which will occur in the next chapter of Genesis.  This is the generation (or history) of the heavens and the earth when they were created in the day that the Lord God made the heavens and the earth. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth and every herb of the field before it grew and the Lord God had not (yet) caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground. Therefore we must note Genesis Chapter 1 has been explaining to us God’s thoughts and plans which were being spoken in the heavenly realm as God counseled with himself. (Eph 1:11) No new life was actually placed on earth until the seventh day had ended.

We see in these verses that the conditions on the earth never lead to rain, but rather God caused the surface to be water by a dew-like mist. There would be no rain upon the earth until the flood of Noah’s time.

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  • Genesis 1:26-27
  • Ephesians 1:11

 

Genesis 2:4

Verse

Genesis 2:4 – These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

Commentary

It may appear that God has spent just seven days of twenty-four hours in the preceding verses creating the heavens and the earth, but in this verse we begin to get a wider sense of the great length of time which this process entailed. The length of time is explained as “generations“. We also find in 2 Peter 3:8 that “one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day” to God. Psalms 90:4 likewise states that to God a thousands years is only a day. This allows us to understand that these days of creation covered a span of many thousands of years.

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  • 2 Peter 3:8
  • Psalms 90:4

 

Genesis 2:1-3

Verse

Genesis 2:1– Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

Genesis 2:2 – And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Commentary

On the seventh day, God having completed his work, rests. This sets the type for the Sabbath of rest, and millennium of rest. God also sets here the pattern of working in sets of seven.

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  • 2 Peter 3:8

 

Genesis 1:29-31

Verse

Genesis 1:29 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat

Genesis 1:30 – And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

Genesis 1:31 – And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Commentary

God continues giving his commands to man from the preceding verse. It is important to note that God tells man he is permitted to every tree upon the face of all the earth.

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  • 2 Peter 3:8

 

Genesis 1:26-28

Verse

Genesis 1:26 – And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 1:28 – And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Commentary

God says “let us”. He is speaking with others. This is none other than the heavenly host of angels which God had created before man (Job 38:4-7).  God continues speaking to the angels and now issues to them a command: “and let them [man] have dominion…”. God instructs the angels to give what had been their dominion to man. Then to man God commands them to “subdue” (conquer; take by force) the earth, indicating his foreknowledge that some angels will not give up their dominion as commanded.  In verse 28, God commands man to “replenish” (refill) the earth, further indicating there was a creation on earth prior to mankind.

God and the angels are spirits, and they have no bodies. We see that man was created in the image (or like unto) both God and the angels, meaning that God created man as a spirit. Man is created as the same type of a being as God himself. He does not yet have a body in this verse, but it will be created later. He also has created both the spirit of man and of woman

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  • Job 38:4-7
  • 2 Peter 3:8
  • Genesis 2:7

 

Genesis 1:24-25

Verse

Genesis 1:24 – And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

Genesis 1:25 – And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Commentary

During the sixth creative day, God now begins to cause the animals of the land to be brought forth. Notice again he tells the earth to bring them forth. These creatures are being raised up out of the earth where they were laying from a previous creation, and God resurrects and carries on the creatures he desires to have in his new creation.

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  • Genesis 2:19