Questions:

  1. How long do you think it would take to fill one of those water containers from the tiny stream?  How long would it take to get water for 1825 people?
  2. Have you ever lifted 40 pounds?  How far do you think you could carry 40 pounds of water?  Does that seem like a lot of work to you, just for dirty water?
  3. Would you complain about that kind of job if you had to do it every day, twice a day? 
  4. In Matthew 23:1-4 Jesus speaks metaphorically about heavy, cumbersome loads, but carrying water is a very real, literal load.  How do you think Jesus would feel about the burden of carrying water and our ability to help with the problem?