In Chapter One the material vegetable and animal kingdoms were all created during the six days (each day being a thousand years). It took seven thousand years including the day of rest for the completion of creation.
Genesis Ch. 2.
Here it states that there is no tree, herb, etc. upon the Earth "The Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth" and "there was no man to till the ground". St. Paul said God is a spirit and must be worshipped in the spirit. Spirits of course cannot till the ground.
It is only in the last few decades that we have come to understand with the aid of modern science, how the Earth was transformed from a ball of molten syrup to a crusty volcanic maelstrom to the fertile planet we now inhabit. The authors of Genesis already knew this.
Surely a superstitious scientifically uninformed mind would have come up with a much more primitive interpretation of creation than this?
In Ch.2. v 7 it says:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
In my mind this statement reveals an understanding of natural evolution (from dust to dust) but also says that man initially existed in spirit form. The concept of evolution on the one hand and spiritual existence on the other would appear to be a contradiction in terms to both evolutionists and theists but thousands of years later we are still searching for the answers.
Is it that the ancient mind uncluttered by scientific knowledge and the need for scientific explanation could more easily grasp and accept the possibility of incredible concepts ? To this day the finest brains in history have not been able to prove or disprove the assumption of their so called ancient and primitive forebears.
Food for thought!