Answers for Skeptics: Were plants created before or after humans?

In the skeptics annotated bible, the following concern is presented:

In Genesis Chapter 1, plants were created on the third day and humans on the sixth day, but Genesis Chapter 2 seems to suggest an inversion of that order. In Genesis 2, plants seem to have been created after the creation human beings. Let’s take a closer look:

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so …. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Genesis 1:11-13

According to the first chapter, God created plants on the third day. Skeptics claim that Genesis 2 suggests God formed humans before forming plant life. I reference (below) the passages of Genesis 2 which they’ve misunderstood:

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth … 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. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground. 

Genesis 2:4-7

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 

Genesis 2:8-9

God created plant life, which had not yet grown on earth. They were in the form of seeds, which were watered by the sprinkler system God set up before mankind was around to till the earth. Plants were not in the ground, but seeds were…just as a humans aren’t in women’s bodies until sometime after her eggs get fertilized. There was only one place in which God planted fully grown vegetation after He made man—the Garden East of Eden. He did this specifically as a blessing to humankind.

We lost that blessing on the day that Adam sinned, but God’s ultimate promise is that someday (not because we deserve it, but because of His great love for us), those who commit their hearts to Him will see all of it restored…and so much more! We will dwell with a righteous, perfectly just, and abundantly graceful God forever. 🙂

No story book ending could ever surpass that real promise.

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