14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.Of them it is written, "They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand." Is 44:18
15 It is manís fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, "Ah! I am warm; I see the fire."
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, "Save me; you are my god."
Lest we think that this only applies to an "unenlightened" age long past of idol makers these same things could be said of much of modern society. With respect to spiritual things they know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. The atheistic naturalistis would have us believe that we essentially created ourselves. And what do people rely upon for salvation? Vain philosophies, technology, money. And there are even versions of Christianity which make graven images and "venerate" them - praying to them, kissing them, offering sacrifices to them, calling upon them for salvation. Just as this generation may look upon the dark ages of idolatry with scorn and derision, so future generations will look upon this generation.
He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?" Is 44:20The gospel is firstly about the nature of God. To come to God one must first recognize the lies they have been following.