This chapter depicts creation from a different perspective more localized and man-centered.
These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
Genesis 2:4 (HCSB)
Here is a name given to the Creator, “Jehovah.” Where the word “Lord” is printed in capital letters in our English Bibles, in the original it is “Jehovah.” Jehovah is that name of God, which denotes that he alone has his being of himself, and that he gives being to all creatures and things.
“No shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground. But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land.”
Genesis 2:5-6 (HCSB)
Every plant of the field before it was in the earth—It appears that God created everything, not only perfect as it respects its nature, but also in a state of maturity, so that every vegetable production appeared at once in full growth; and this was necessary that man, when he came into being, might find every thing ready for his use.
The Creation of Man and Woman
The Uniqueness and Value of Man – Having been made out of the dust of the ground, a human begins as any other creature – a biological entity. The creaturely existence, however, if insufficient to describe the human being, for man becomes the crowning act of creation and is distinguished as being different – God literally breathes life into man.
Unlike the rest of creation, a human being has been created in a covenant relationship to God and has an exceptionally high and distinct value and destiny. The likeness of man to the Creator (Gen 1:26-27) is in the form and function of personal unity.
God designed the human personality to consist of self-consciousness and self-determination, with both the freedom and the awareness to respond to God, to other human beings, and to the environment. He also designed a destiny for man far higher and nobler than that of any other creature. When God said,
“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,”
He had planned from the foundation of the world a glorious future for those who would choose the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. (Eph. 1:4-6)
Adam Clarke’s Commentary
Matthew Henry Concise