Dr. Paul Jehle, Executive Director of the Plymouth Rock Foundation, whose ancestors were on the Mayflower, wrote “Mayflower Compact Day” (Plymouth Rock Foundation’s E-News, November, 2011):
“We remember when the Mayflower Compact was signed on board the Mayflower, while it lay anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor, November 11, 1620 …
A compact is a covenant … Since the Pilgrims were children of the Reformation, their view of covenant came from the Bible.
It was God that initiated the concept of covenant, first with Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:15-17 and 2:24).
God also made a covenant with Noah in Genesis 9 and of course the process of ‘cutting’ covenant was depicted in visual form for Abraham in Genesis 15.
Throughout the Bible covenants were used both vertically (with God directly) and horizontally (with humans) to depict God’s process of bringing people into unity with Him and one another.
Unity of purpose and harmony with God set the highest ideals for good behavior …”