My father and Woody C have both been encouraging me to read the Bible front to back in recent months. So, a couple weeks ago during my early readings in Genesis I was reminded of a supposed contradiction in the Creation account. Here it is:
24 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 - And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth
This is the Sixth day. Man is created after the Earth, trees, birds, and animals. But many claim the Genesis contradicts itself when it lists things in a totally different order.
1 – Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
5 - 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.
7 - 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.
8 - And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 - 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.
Here we have Man created followed by the beast and the trees. But if you look at verses 1 and 5 you’ll notice that everything is done. Chapter 2 is an overview of what happened on day 6!
God created the entire Earth, including trees, fish, and birds, and then He devoted an entire chapter to what He did on day six. He created Man, then a garden, and then the animals and trees to fill the garden.