If you read thru the gospels and replace the Jewish leadership with the current WT leadership, you will begin to see numerous points of comparison. It is almost uncanny. As if the modern reader were being prepared for what to expect.
In our public talk yesterday, the Speaker mentioned all the things the Society (oops, sorry, F&DS - Mt 23:6,7) keep us busy with. And that by keeping busy with all these things (and the Speaker spoke of them as hard to keep up with), you wouldn't have time to get into trouble. (Mt 23:4)
This is the same logic the Jewish religious leaders used with regard to their oral tradition. It provided layers of rules over the Law, which they thought, if kept, would leave you righteous.
Edited to add:
I see you and I were already on the same wavelength: