Words Are Important
God forget He had already created fruit trees?
QUESTION: Chapter 1 reports that the fruit trees were created before the man,
while chapter 2 indicates they were made after him.
important, and to understand scripture you need to pay attenrtion to what
the words acrtually say. In this case, if you read what scripture actually says,
and not add your own ideas to it, it is easy to see there is no contradiction
here... chapter two does not say God is creating fruit trees. It is talking about
God making a place for Adam and Eve to live... the Garden of Eden. Let's read
what scripture actually says.
Then God said, Let
the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth
bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them; and it was so. ...and
God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
- Genesis 1:11-13
From the above we see that fruit trees were spoken into
existense by God on day three of creation. So what does chapter two say?
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. Out
of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight
and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil. - Genesis 2:7-9
What does chapter
two say God did? He made a garden for Adam and Eve to live in by causing plant
life... and specifically "every tree that is pleasing
to sight and good for food" to grow there. The context is that of
creating Adam and Eve and providing for them.
BTW, is this something
God could do today? Could He pick a place on earth and make "every
tree that is pleasing to sight and good for food" to grow there? Yes,
of course He could. Would that be a new creation? No. Those same kinds of trees
already exist in other places. What God is doing is supernaturally making a nice
place... a nice garden... that is suitable for people to live in and that provides
everything they need to live all in one location.
So there is no contradiction.
Genesis 1:20 says the fowl were created
out of the waters; Genesis 2:19 alleges they were formed from the ground.
the answer here.