Jehovah’s Witnesses: The Inheritance

I was reading this morning in my daily bible reading the twelfth chapter of Mark. I know I’ve spoken of this many times and have read this scripture many times but I’ve never put the two together until today.

Mark 12: 1-12

Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.  At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop.  But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.  The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head.  The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

“But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’  So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.

“What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.  Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.”

The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.

The inheritance spoken of here was the power that the Pharisees had over the people. They wanted Jesus’ rightful inheritance for themselves. By killing Jesus they thought they could retain that power and prestige that had become so addicting to them. They were mistaken.

The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society wields that same “Pharisaic” power over seven million followers. By preventing the “other sheep” from having a direct relationship with Jesus Christ and telling them that they are unable to read, understand and apply the scriptures for themselves, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society seeks to steal “the inheritance” and the powers that go with it from the rightful heir i.e. Jesus Christ. In so doing they have legislated vast amounts of rules and regulations (just like the Pharisees!) to the “other sheep” and they (being sheep) obediently have to follow every single one of them.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields