In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. Esther 2:5-7
Language makes this difficult to understand in modern times. The way it appears it seems Mordecai is four generations deep in Babylon. Actually, you get a brief ancestral explanation of this family.
Previously in Israel’s history, you find a son of Kish named Saul, who became the first king of Israel.
You also find Shemei, a Benjamite that threw stones and cursed King David.
I believe Mordecai and his first cousin, Esther, are of the royal lineage of King Saul. Although the kingdom was taken from this family and given to the family of Judah, the completion of this story shows an act of redemption and salvation through the family of a forgotten king.
God is not mentioned throughout the book – the only book in the Bible to do so. However, a believer in God can easily see His hand at work here. All one has to do is acknowledge it and recognize God in life.
I, personally, look back over my life, even before salvation, and see God’s hand at directing me to where I am today.
Anyone that does not believe God directs lives should read Psalm 22:10, Isaiah 49:1, Jeremiah 1:4, and Galatians 1:15.
Could each of these men ignore the call of God? Yes, as could I, because God gave us free will to worship and serve Him or walk away and reject Him.
I believe God calls everyone to Him but many fail to see, recognize, or heed the call.
The reality of God becomes more clear to those that seek Him.