Seeing as we are discussing issues with the Book of Genesis I though it would be helpful to link several articles that help to cast light on my thoughts more clearly.
The Time Element in Genesis 1 and 2
by Oswald T. Allis (former Prof. of OT at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia)
Space and Time in the Genesis Cosmogony
by Meredith G. Kline (former Prof. emeritus of OT at Westminster Seminary, California)
Because it Had Rained: A Study of Genesis 2:5-7
With Implications for Genesis 2:4-25 and Genesis 1:1-2:3 part 1 & part 2
by Mark D. Futato (Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at RTS-Orlando)