Thoughts on Creation....
Four thoughts on Genesis 1 and 2....
1. It looks (from Genesis 2:18-22) at least potentially the case that God's first step in the provision of a helpmeet for the lonely Adam was the creation of the land animals.
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." 19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Not only are we told that God created the animals in consideration of Adam's loneliness, but the animals are then brought before Adam for naming with the resulting verdict in verse 21, "But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him."
This is interesting, first, in its apparent ordering of events on the sixth day of creation. In the sequence of Genesis 1 the creation of man precedes the creation of animals. But there is no actual statement of order in Genesis 1 beyond the sequence of the passage whereas Genesis 2 presents a logical order to events: Adam created first; Adam found lonely; God decides to provide a companion and helpmeet for Adam; animals created; animals brought before Adam for his examination; Adam names animals; Adam finds none suitable for him; Eve created out of Adam.
The one problem with reading order from Genesis 2 is that in Genesis 2 the birds are lumped with the land animals in creation and naming, yet Genesis 1 places creation of birds with fish on day five.
Interesting, second, in that even if Genesis 2 does not give insight into order of creation, it does seem to imply that the animals were brought before Adam as potential helpmeets.
2. It's striking to note that though fish and birds are told to multiply and fill the earth in Genesis 1:22, Adam is created incapable of multiplying initially. There must have been sexual differentiation between animals from the outset if they were told to multiply and fill the earth, yet man was created singly.
3. In Genesis 1:20 God commands the fish to teem, or swarm, or multiply abundantly in the water. God fears overpopulation in neither animals nor man. Man is to be fruitful, to multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it. Animals are to teem in the earth. Imagine a ripe banana teeming with fruitflies: so God has created the earth in ripeness that man may teem upon it.
4. Every animal is given every green plant for food in Genesis 1:30. Evidently there was digestion and elimination prior to the fall and thus the demise of plant life. We may not call it death, precisely, but the Bible speaks of plants "perishing" (see Jonah 4:10), leading us to conclude that there was at least a form of vegetation death and decay prior to Adam's sin.