4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Genesis 2:4
This verse is a prelude to the “good stuff,’ the creation of mankind. Moses just wanted his emphasize to his readers that everything we see, hear, feel, taste is from God. We deceive ourselves if we think otherwise. He put it here for our sustenance and enjoyment. Unfortunately, we take most of it all for granted. We forgot what it means to go outside just to look up, or to sit and watch birds play their silly games near the feeder. We don’t remember what a sunrise or sunset looks like because you can see them any day of the week – but don’t.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not at all suggesting we go and worship those stars or clouds or birds or sunsets. Like a rose, it’s a gift to us. We smell it and give glory to God for giving it to us.
So as we begin discussing the creation of mankind, it’s important for us to keep in the back of our minds that it is completely about Him in relation to His sovereign creation. His creation, while every superlative imaginable, is just that, His creation. It never could be anything else.