Moses is a towering figure of the Bible. He wrote the first five books, received the Ten Commandments, delivered the Levitical civil and ceremonial Law, and led the Children of Israel out of slavery. And yet, he was inspired to say of himself, “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).
In an essay on Thanksgiving entitled “The Separatist,” Kevin D. Williamson writes about how the Pilgrims were religious separatists, resolved to separate themselves from the world by forming their own religious community. They took being driven out of their homeland as an opportunity to do so. They considered themselves, writes Williamson, to be “New Israelites in a New World that was simultaneously their exile and their Promised Land. They came home to exile, and, in exile, they came home.”