Arrangement Like Jacob/Rachel in 29:1-14 and Moses/Zipporah in Exodus 2this
is a meeting between a man and woman at a well and results in marriage. 
The Next / Not Greatest Generation This is a baton-passing narrative: the author
shifts the focus from Abraham to a new "master" (v. 65). Abraham initiates the
journey, the servant is reliable, Rebekah is willing, and a new future begins that carries
the saga forward of Gods intention to bless the world through the divine entry
Structure The story is set up in a problem/solution movement with four scenes:
(1) The problem (vs. 1-9) -- to find the proper wife for Isaac so that the promise may
have a future. (2) The prayer and doxology (vs. 11-27) the key word in the scene is
"steadfast loyalty" (hesed) found twice in the prayer (vs. 12, 14) and in vs.
26-27). (3) Speech of Servant and Response (vs. 28-61) the speech is bracketed by
two statements of Laban with compacted theological content. (4) Arrangements and Ritual of
Friendship (vs. 52-60) notice the loyalty asked of God and the theme of blessing
that is prominent.
Has someone ever set you up on a
blind date? What was the learning curvepositive and negative? 
What would be the hardest thing about leaving home?
What marriage arrangement / boy meets girl movies or videos does this story trigger?
What current title best describes this story"Mission Impossible?"
"Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match?" "Father Knows Best?"
"A Bride for Frankenstein?"
The Providence of Gods
Loveretell the story, but develop it such that we can overhear whimsically the story
of Gods love for people. 
The Comfort of Human LoveIsaacs mom has just died; maybe the death got
Abraham to thinking about the future and the promise God had earlier made to him.
Its time, Abraham decides, to arrange a marriage for Isaac. What was Isaac doing in
the fields as he awaited the arrival of his arranged wife? Meditating carries several
nuances of meaning: lamenting and mourning are just a few. Isaac is wandering in the
fields, thinking of his recent loss. In the tent where he first learned love, he is
comforted by the love that can soothe a grieving heart. Have we found comfort in the love
of our close ones and can we also provide. 
 New Interpreters Bible I (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994), page
509. Cf. also Jesus at the well in John 4, but with a different kind of transformation
 Walter Brueggemann in Interpretation Series: Genesis (Atlanta: John Knox Press,
1982), p. 197.
Adapted from Serendipity Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988),
 Adapted from Abingdon Preaching Annual 2002 Edition (Nashville: Abingdon Press,
2001), pp. 243.
 Ibid, page 244.