Gospel of the Suffering Servant


Isaiah 53 is one of the most important prophecies in the Hebrew Bible for followers of Yeshua and has been the subject of countless debates between followers of Yeshua and those in the system of Judaism. Many of the debates have focused entirely around the identity of the suffering servant and whether or not this passage details the death and resurrection of this servant of YHWH. In this series, we are going to take a different approach and will be looking at the passage from the aspects of honor and shame culture, justice and righteousness, patronage, and the concept of the "Leper Messiah".  When we understand these underlying themes in Scripture, we will gain a much deeper understanding of the work of Messiah as prophesied in Isaiah's suffering servant song as well as how the passage also relates to the suffering of corporate Israel and our very own lives today. This is a 12.5 hour series recorded for Hebraic Roots Network.  I will be posting approximately 2 hours of video each week until the entire series is posted.  I pray that you enjoy the teaching! Here is a breakdown of the parts of the series:

  • Part 1 - Honor and Shame in Scripture (3.5 hours)
  • Part 2 - Justice and Righteousness (3 hours)
  • Part 3 - Yeshua Our Patron (2 hours)
  • Part 4 - The Leper Messiah (3 hours)
  • Part 5 - Understanding Isaiah 53 (1 hour)

Surely he has carried our sickness and carried our suffering; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by Elohim, and humiliated. But he was wounded/pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; upon him was the instruction/discipline that made us complete, and by his wounds we are healed.


  1. Joseph Callahan on December 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I’m only 15 minutes into the Suffering Servant teaching, and I already love it. The Honor and Shame issue really fills in a lot of gaps. Thanks, Brother!

    Kimberly Callahan

  2. Joel Sanchez on December 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I’ve been so looking forward to listening to this. Thanks Ryan for all your time and hard work at preparing these teachings. Blessings.

  3. Tyler Rosenquist on January 23, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    That cookie story never gets old, glad you used it again. Thanks for posting these here because I can never figure out HRN’s schedule….

  4. Tyler Rosenquist on January 27, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Oh I like the new intro with all the words!

  5. Russell Pope on February 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Hey Ryan, I just had a quick question. It says in the breakdown listed above the videos that Part 4 – The Leper Messiah would have 3 hours of content. When you posted the new videos I see a third video in the Leper Messiah section, but it is titled Understanding Isaiah 53. Also I see that the Part 5 – Understanding Isaiah 53 section itself is empty. I was just wondering if this was intentional or not, if my computer may be at fault, or if it was intentional and there will be another video. I just don’t want to watch anything out of order, that’s all. Thank you for all the work you have put in to this, it has been a blessing! I have used a lot of it to go towards my homeschool Bible credit.

    Shalom, Russell

    • Ryan White on February 5, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Wow, thanks! I had the vimeo codes put in wrong, lol. All fixed now.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the series! It is a culmination of over 3 years of study.


      • Russell Pope on February 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        Cool, thank you! I don’t see the Understanding Isaiah 53 video now though.. Again, thank you for all your hard work.


      • Ryan White on February 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

        You’re welcome. The final video will be posted on Monday. I’ve been trying to stagger the release of the videos so as not to overwhelm everyone with 12 hours of video all at once.

        Shabbat Shalom!

      • Russell Pope on February 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

        Oh okay, I understand. Apologies for the confusion, and I look forward to any future teaching you may have on Leviticus. I have grown to love it tremendously the past few weeks being able to study it in context with these teachings. It has been a true blessing. Talk to you later man, I enjoyed speaking to you.


  6. stephen hull on May 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm


    I am truly enjoying these teachings. They are giving me insights that I have always looked for.

    You asked in the first video if a person has a disease, does that mean they sinned or their parents sinned? You said no. I don’t think this is supported by Scripture. As a matter of fact, if we read Exodus 34:6 – 7 and Numbers 14:18, it specifically states “visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
    Additionally, if this were not true, Cain and Able would have been able to reenter the Garden. Could you please elaborate on this? I am not trying to be confrontational. You are much more learned than I. If you have some insight to this that I am missing, I am willing to listen.



    • Ryan White on June 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Stephen,
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the teachings! I recorded this a while ago so I don’t remember the exact context of my statement. There is certainly the idea of sins of the parents which are visited upon unrepentant children in the Scriptures. I think my point though was that things have become more complicated in nations where sin abounds, and so sickness and disease isn’t specifically tied to one’s own sin or the sins of one’s parents necessarily. For example, my grandfather died early of cancer, but the cancer wasn’t because of something he did wrong, it was because of corporate greed in creating dangerous chemicals that were not labeled as toxic for use. My grandfather helped maintain the grounds of the church college and sprayed a lot of these chemicals and ended up with cancer because of this.
      So my point is that disease is a symptom of sin, but often it is a result of a sinful society and the victims are the oppressed.

  7. Christy Ellis on July 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I know this is about honor and shame, but since you brought up the tzitzyiot (sp?), I have a question about that. You mentioned (and I have heard others teach it as well) that snails were used to get the blue ink. Aren’t snails considered unclean? If so, then why would they be used for something that is supposed to remind us of the commandments? I know you said that tzitzyiot have been found with that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that YHVH wanted snails to be used for the color, does it? I would think that there could have been plants of some sort that could be used for dye. The same goes for the tzitzyiot Matthew Vander Els mentioned that were wool and linen mixed (and in Deuteronomy, the commandment for tzitzyiot is directly after the commandment not to mix wool and linen!).
    I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m just trying to wrap my head around some things that come across as inconsistent to me.

    By the way, I am really enjoying this teaching so far. 🙂


    • Ryan White on July 28, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Hi Christy,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the teaching! With regards to the usage of dye from a snail, snails are only “unclean” to eat. Unclean animals can be used for other purposes other than food consumption though and that is perfectly okay. Yeshua road into Jerusalem upon a donkey and later in the book of Revelation is described as being the “Lion of Judah”…both of those animals are unclean. One of the covering layers of the Tabernacle was made from the hides of unclean animals as well (either porpoise or badger skin). The usage of snail dye was because it was the only known method of producing a blue-pigmented dye in the ancient world and thus caused the cost of it to be extremely high (which is why blue was associated with royalty). So its not about the type of snail, its really about the cost of the coloring.

      I would recommend checking out this article on the subject, especially with the concept of mixtures: Milgrom’s Of Hems and Tassels

      • Christy Ellis on July 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

        Thanks for the reply, Ryan. You pointed out some things I had not considered. I will check out the link you shared.
        Thanks again!

  8. Vyomi Jayasinghe on November 5, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Hi Ryan
    Just want to Bless The Almighty for raising up teachers like you. I just finished this series and I have learnt so much already about The Kingdom and The King.

    Thank you Ryan for your dedication, your time , your research and your so very well organised site.

    We truly do have a faithful God.

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