Isaiah 45:9-10. “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker: Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?”
God says that there will be trouble for the person who rebels against God, or refuses to honor his parents.
A potsherd is a piece of the original pot, broken off and therefore having no use. Broken pots were tossed into the garbage dump. It would have been silly and useless for a sherd to complain to the potter, “Why have you made me like this?” If a potsherd is going to fight with someone, let it be with his equals and not his superiors.
No one is superior to God. In the earthly chain of authority, we are to defer to our parents. To do otherwise brings chaos.
The phrase he hath no hands is another way to say he doesn’t have the power in his hands to create anything good. That God makes such an emphasis in this passage on the importance of honoring Him, and on honoring our parents, clearly points to the importance of respecting the authorities in our lives.