1:12 – Note how everything in the Creation account is specifically ordered, even down to the seeds of the plants “each according to its kind.”
1:27 – Note how male and female together make up humanity, and somehow it is in their complementarity that men and women together bear the image of God. I think this is important. A man alone does not sufficiently reflect the image of God, nor a woman alone, but a man and a woman together. How might gender relations be different if we believed that our counterparts bore the image of God in ways that we don’t?
1:30 – Note how, according to the author of Genesis, the original design was for the animals in nature to be vegetarians. Having seen wild animals in Africa make a kill, I can understand why “nature red in tooth and claw” is a sign of the Fall.
2:4 – There are actually two Creation stories, back to back. The 2nd story begins in 2:4 and is much more concerned with the Creation of Adam.
2:10-14 – I wonder if, for the original hearers of this passage, the first 2 rivers meant anything to them. Today, we have no idea what or where is the Piston or the Gihon. We do, however, know about the Tigris and the Euphrates.
2:14 – “Assyria.” I think that suggests that this was written down or edited during a time when the ancient kingdom of Assyria would have meant something to folks.
2:19 – Love that detail–isn’t that exactly what happened? We have named all of Creation, haven’t we?
2:24-25 – Again, there is something really important going on here. We live in a world with a lot of gender confusion, but the opening passages of Genesis suggests that there is something about the coming together of a man and a woman that creates oneness, and somehow that relates to the image of God. (See 1:27, above.)