The following commentary covers Chapters 55, 56, and 57.
free grace and blessing: the moral instruction necessary
Chapters 55, 56, 57 are
exhortations given in view of these things. Chapter 55 is
full free grace, which consequently embraces the
Gentiles. For this reason it can be applied as a
principle to the gospel. Its accomplishment will be in
the time of blessings to the earth through the Lord's
presence. Chapter 56 gives the moral character that is
necessary to enjoy the blessing, which is no longer
according to the narrow legal principles of former days.
His house shall in fact be a house of prayer for all
those whose hearts are truly turned unto the God of
Israel; and they shall be joyful in it. Chapter 57
denounces (we may say, on the same principle) those even
in Israel who morally walk contrary to the will of God.
The righteous might perish. But it would only be taking
them from the evil to come. But whether it were Israel or
not, there would be no peace for the wicked. These three
chapters then give the moral instruction that belongs to
those days. The faithful shall be blessed, and the meek,
be they who they may; the wicked shall be judged, whether
of Israel or not. Thus closes, as I have said, with
chapter 57 the second subdivision of this part of the