Isaiah 44:14-15. “He hewed him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an oak, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread: yea, he maketh a god, and worsippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.”
The cedars of Lebanon were renowned for the size and for the quality of the wood. Along with other trees that man can plant, they were cut down and used for heat, for cooking and baking, and for making houses–and idols. The same material that was used to stoke the cook stove was also used to carve an image that the man who carved it would then fall down and worship.
Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? We also have to remember that the creating and selling of idols turned into a trade that did a lucrative business, too. We make the idol, sell the idol, and then worship the idol.