God likes change and created a world that was supposed to do so.
He starts out with both an undeveloped area and an ideal or goal or model for the development that will take place.
We see a new hint of this in the second day of creation:
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day (Genesis 1.6-8).
What is missing from this day is the evaluation present the other five or six days: “And God saw that it was good.” The barrier between heaven and earth is not called good.
Of course, God doesn’t make anything evil. But somethings are so undeveloped that he doesn’t call them good either. For example:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2.18).
Who put Adam in this “not good” state? God did. God could have created Adam and Eve in the same moment or in two successive seconds (taking Eve from Adam) if he had wanted to do so and avoid the “not good” state. But he didn’t want to do that. He wanted Adam to experience loneliness, go through some time, and then be granted relief of his created problem.
Genesis 1.6-8 indicate the whole cosmos wants completion as well. Jesus, we are told by Paul, did not just come to deal with sin and evil, but also to bring about this better arrangement. In Ephesians we read about “the mystery of God’s will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1.9, 10).
Jesus was not only sent to rescue us from sin but to bring us to completion and maturity. Just like Adam was brought to completion with Eve through a deep sleep, Jesus too lay down to wait for God to raise him up to a new reality.