Creating and Ruling Earth
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.
The above statement is not a creative day. It is not a part of the six creative days, but stands on its own. God had already completed what we called the universe, with our solar system and the Earth within it, already ancient, when the earth captured God's attention. The second verse, after capturing God's attention, rather outlines his decision to do something with the Earth and tells us the general condition of the earth before He began to work on it.
The third verse is when the work began. A conversation began as He started to say and lay out the complex plans to prepare it for life. Each day was an era accounting to vast periods of time (not six 24-hour days as many have been induced to believe). The term day can being used to indicate specific time periods and this is obvious when in the second chapter, verse 4, when He says: This is the history of the Heavens and the Earth in the time of their being created, in the day that the Jehovah God made Earth and Heaven. This isolates the earth and its atmosphere and compresses its creation it into a single day.
In the first line of Genesis 2:4 He uses the plural Heavens meaning both the atmosphere and space (as He did in Genesis 1). In the last line he uses the singular heaven to indicate the atmosphere alone but combines all six days into one day a metaphor.
The entire project about the Earth had a long-term objective no matter how long it took to accomplish. That objective had humanity caring for the earth. Many changes took place before it all came together. Genesis chapter 2 verse 5 explains the overall objective.
Now there was as yet no Bush of the field found in the earth and no
vegetation of the field was as yet sprouting, because Jehovah God
had not made it rain upon the Earth and there was no man to
cultivate the ground.
Humanity was in his mind even before he even started on the earth no matter how long it would take to prepare it.
We have been aware of our Earth being round for only 524 years, virtually everyone thought that it was flat until Columbus proved it was round in 1492. The Bible speaks of it as a circle of the Earth in Isaiah 40:22, (approximately 2745 years).
In the book of Job, God refers to the earth as being hung as if on nothing...speaking to someone who had no knowledge of science!
Some people scoff at the Bible's account of the earth's creation, the attempt to terraform Mars is exactly the way God went about forming our atmosphere. We will have to introduce water but light already exists.
God asked Job questions about the Kimah, Kesil, Mazzaroth and Ash constellations. We still don't know where they are but you can bet they are out there!
Nevertheless, the forming of our earth to accommodate man as an inhabitant and cultivator leaves a lot of room for wonderment. Why would He do it?
Psalms 8:4-6 What is mortal man that you keep him in mind and
the son of earthling man? You also proceeded to make him a
little less than godlike ones, and with glory and splendor You
then crowned him. You make him dominate over the works of
your hands; everything You have put under his feet.
Scripture says some of us will ultimately rule over angels.
The definition of the word cultivate is to develop or improve by care. Have we blown it? We might have.... just as we did in Noah's day andIsreal did