While Ahaz was setting up his idols the eloquent rebukes of Isaiah were remembered by the godly remnant. With what energy does he extol the Lord and denounce all attempts to set him forth by symbols.
To confound idolaters, the prophet describes the process of god-making, that he may shame them out of such foolish worship.
The workman melteth or carveth
Think of worshipping a piece of wood plated by the goldsmith, which needs to be fastened in its place lest it fall or be stolen! Is not this insanity?
The greatest empires wither when God forbids their prospering; is he, then, like to an image of wood?
Let every star rebuke the worshipper of wood and stone.
Be it ours, then, to trust the unseen Lord, and never shall we fail. Glorious Lord, we believe; help thou our unbelief.
Fear not, nor longer be dismayed,
Lo, I, the mighty God, am nigh;
Thou shalt, each moment, feel my aid,
If thou wilt on mine arm rely.
Why shouldst thou fear, when I am thine—
When all I am, I am for thee?
If thou art weak, my strength divine
Is perfect in infirmity.
Without my help thou canst not stand,
But thee I will not leave alone;
I’ll hold thee up by my right hand,
Till thou shalt reach my heavenly throne.