What does void mean? Empty.
What does “without form” imply? That the world had not been specifically formed. Yet.
Artists always begin their vision with raw materials. I gather together canvas, pigment, solvents…
God did not gather his materials. He invented them! A spiritual God made a physical world. He called something out of nothing. Need some molecules for carbon-based life? No problem. There is water in heaven, but physical rather than spiritual water is needed here. The plan is for all life on earth to use this water. He created hydrogen and oxygen.
And underneath the water on this very first day of creation, God hid the earth, full to the brim with minerals: silicon, aluminum, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium…
God created everything that was necessary to fulfill his plans for carbon-based life, including creating the carbon molecules and determining how they was going to interact with other molecules. Everything in heaven is spirit. God envisioned the physical, then made it out of what was not.
On the first day of creation, God made the earth filled with raw materials for his great work.
The earth wasn’t created as a clump of nothingness.
And it wasn’t damaged goods.
God deliberately created the earth just as Genesis says in verse 2.
An earth that was void (because he planned to fill it);
that was without form (because he planned to form it in a very specific way);
and that was dark (because he himself would be the one to fill it with light).