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. Genesis2:4
Are there two separate creation accounts in the Bible? Some would tell us the answer is yes. In Genesis 1 we are told that God created the universe and everything in it in six days. Then He rested. Yet we see in today’s verse what seems to be saying that God may have created the heavens and the earth in one day. So what gives? Did God change His mind and start over? Hardly. The Bible often gives up more than one account of the same event.
We have four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry with each telling us the same story but giving different details. Moses writes about the Ten Commandments in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. We have the book of Kings and Chronicles which both tell us essentially the same story giving us the linage of the kings of Judah and Israel. Did God forget He had already told Israel once? Not hardly. We, humans, are a stubborn lot and Israel was particularly stubborn.
In ancient literature when some was important it was repeated. The Ten Commandments are important as God’s law rests on them so Moses repeats them. God had told Israel that the Messiah would come from the House of David so the genealogy of Israel was very important. The Jews needed to know the genealogy of David so they could recognize the Messiah when He came. So God gave us the genealogy of Jewish kings not one but twice. Unfortunately they still missed Him. And of course the most important story in the Bible, Jesus and His death and resurrection we are told four times and then again in Paul’s writings as well as the entire New Testament writings.
What I see as different about Genesis 2 is that in this account of creation we see an emphasis on God’s creating humans. It is not until the end of creation that God creates man so much of Genesis 1 is about the rest of the creation process. Now in Genesis 2 we see a more detailed account not only of the creation of man but how God prepared creation for mankind. Over the next few days we will look at Genesis 2 and how it shows our special place in creation.
Have a blessed day,