I'm trying to approach the Book of Esther in the Bible in a holistic manner ( taking a bird's eye view ) of God's varying calibrated auspices of His chosen Israelite nation. Also I am taking into account the historical/cultural contexts for the time period and region in question.
Esther and Mordecai, and also possibly their exiled Jewish community in the Perisan empire may Not have had an intimate relationship with the God of Israel at the beginning of the story of Esther. Also, they might Not have been religious either. In other words, they did Not grow up in a social/cultural/religious environment of the legalistic Pharisees who challenged Jesus Christ in the Gospels.
Here is an explanation as to why I put forth the aforementioned statements:
Many bible readers and Theologians already know that God is Not mentioned in the Book of Esther.
Esther 2:8-18 passage of scripture has strong circumstantial evidence suggesting/hinting that Esther had pre-marital sex with King Ahasuerus ( Reference: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/44048/in-esther-28-18-what-would-ahashuerus-harem-been-like-during-the-time-of-es )
Esther who is Jewish ended up marrying King Ahasuerus who is a NonJew. Furthermore, the Book of Esther does Not mention Esther and/or Mordecai protesting and/or resisting Esther's marriage to King Ahasuerus
Now I'm going to make an big assumption by saying that the exiled Jewish community may have lost or had a weakened intimacy with God or No religious/legalistic approach to God due to fact that being in exile may have caused them to become distant from God possibly due to:
a) oppression from their conquerors to abandon their Jewish faith in order to integrate into the conquerors empires.
b) Or maybe even the fact that they went into exile in other empires which were far away from the physical land of Israel, and they just started adopting more of the cultural norms/practices/mores of said empires ( However, this aspect is a big assumption on my part. )
Basically, I'm trying to emphasise that God's Loving, Compassionate, Gracious has a large enough bounded area that is gracious and compassionate enough for God to take into consideration as to whether the Ancient Israelite nation is undergoing a particular phase/state in time where they do Not have an intimate relationship with God, and therefore, He still delivers/protects them against their enemies and liberates them.
In other words, God is compassionate and gracious enough to take into consideration the person who might have grown up in a broken home that led him/her to a world of illicit substance addiction and/or alcoholism, and therefore, God will approach said person with correlated varying calibrated auspices that should lead him/her to deliverance, protection and liberation.
( Side Note, the word God's "Equity" is relevant here, therefore, the following bible verse and picture illustration are incidentally relevant for this posting:
Proverbs 2:9 New American Standard Bible 1995
9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.
Credit Reference for picture illustration below: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/625404/equity-vs-equality-what-is-the-difference
Esther and Mordecai may Not have had an intimate relationship with God, but God still delivered and protected them from their enemies.
( Side Note: I suppose a verse that might be relevant to this posting is
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does Not do it, to him it is sin.
To conclude, the Book of Esther's major theme is that God's people may have unintentionally/unwillingly strayed away from God, but God is still Loving, Compassionate, Gracious and Caring towards said people.
Is the aforementioned evaluation/assessment correct?