In the beginning God create the heavens and the earth, now the earth was (a) (tohu wabohu) formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep,and the over the waters..Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Let me ask my audience if God ever needed two or three tries at anything- or when the Son healed someone was it ever a partial healing?
Why then after creation did God need a "second chance" ?
Please note my (a) footnote above. It is in all NIV bibles- It's no big deal except it changes what happened after creation COMPLETELY. The note is explained "or possibly became" formless and empty. The other two times when tohu wabohu is used to describe a condition produced by divine judgment in the only other two texts where the other two words compare in conjuction (isa 34:11) ( Jer 4:23) Schofield Refererence Bible
I am no Hebrew scholar so I cannot make a case for the footnote other than the Schofield note. At any rate, due to the huge sea change it brings to these verses one would think that it deserves more than a microscopic footnote.
I prefer "became formless and empty" as opposed to "was formless and empty" because God's perfect creation in verse one" "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Why then would the next verse say immediately "Now the earth was formless and empty right after God tells us "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth??
As I said above God does all things perfectly but something happened to His perfect creation. Some of the speculation is that Lucifer, trying to exceed God, was thrown out with his minions. Isa 14:12. Eze 28:12
Something big happened that God seemingly started over.
So if you are in the sciences and people mock the creation remember the tiny footnote which make it impossible to know the age of the earth.