by: Kuya Kiko
Every King has his own kingdom, his own subjects (the people), his own throne, his own chamber, his own crown, and scepter, etc. Such is the description of Jesus Christ, the King of King and the Lord of Lords! But wait, are we not forgetting something very important here? A prince has his princess and therefore, a King must have a Queen!
Ok, I know what you’re thinking! Christ didn’t have any girlfriend, so how can He have a Queen?! So, hold your horse’s guys, let me explain!
I’m talking about Jesus the Lord here! Obviously, I’m not talking about Him having a girlfriend to match His Kingship! But it’s a fact that a King needs to have a Queen! So, does Jesus the King have a Queen? Of course, He does! And who is His Queen? That’s none other than our beloved Mama Mary!
What?! Mama Mary? How can that be? Is this in the Bible, if it is, where can we find it? Well, for us to better understand this claim, we should first have a look at the tradition of the Hebrews in the Old Testament times which is called the “Davidic kingdom.” In any kingdom, during the ancient times, of the Near East, the mother played a key role in the dynastic succession of the next ruling king. As a matter of fact, the king’s mother plays an important office in the royal court as a Queen, and not the king’s wife. What does this mean? It simply means the Queen Mother plays a big influence on the ruling king, instead of the king’s wife.
Ofcourse, this is quite different from our modern days and will definitely look odd to us. But then again, this is because, in the Old Testament times, the kings practiced polygamy in any kingdom in the ancient Near-East. If we read 1 Kings 11:3, it mentioned that King Solomon had seven hundred wives. What!? That’s a lot! So, you could just imagine, if the Queen is the wife, Solomon’s kingdom would be in great chaos! But here’s what made everything in order. Because the King had only one mother, the Queenship was bestowed to her instead of the wives! Practical isn’t it?
Now, you might ask, where is the biblical support for the important role of the queen mother in the Davidic kingdom? Well, you can read the narrative of 1 and 2 Kings, where it mentions the king’s mother’s intimate involvement in her royal son’s reign. She is even listed as part of the king’s royal court whom king Jehoiachin surrendered to the king of Babylon in 2 Kings 24:12.
The Queen’s royal office is also described by the prophet Jeremiah, having a throne and a crown, as a symbol of her position of authority in the kingdom. If we read Jeremiah 13:18, 20 – “Say to the king and the queen mother: ‘Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head. . . . Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?’” This signifies that God directed this oracle about the upcoming fall of Judah to both the king and his mother. The prophet Jeremiah addressed both king and mother signifying that the queen mother shares in her son’s rule over the kingdom.
To further clarify this role of the queen mother, a very good example would be the role of Bathsheba, the wife of David and mother of Solomon. Bible scholars have mentioned the excellent position of Bathsheba, they’ve noticed that with her humbleness as a spouse and Queen of David (1 Kings 1:16-17 and 31), compared to her majestic dignity as a mother of the next king (1 Kgs. 2:19–20) elevated her entire womanhood. It was very noticeable that Bathsheba, vows to the presence of the king with her face down to the ground (giving obeisance to her husband King David) even if she is the spouse. Compare that to what happened to the hee (now as Queen Mother) entering the royal chamber of the king, we read:
“So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne and had a seat brought for the king’s mother, and she sat on his right. Then she said, ‘I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.’ And the king said to her, ‘Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you’” (1 Kgs. 2:19–20).
This account in the OT, reveals the sovereign and exclusive privileges of the queen mother, it was the king who rises and bows as the queen mother enters the king’s royal presence. Not only that, she seats at the right hand of the king, this has great significance as well. You see, in the Bible, sitting on the right-hand side of the king is to be placed in the highest and ultimate place of honor. This can be clearly referenced to the messianic Psalm 110 – “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.” This is evident not only in the OT but also in the New Testament passages like in Hebrews 1:13.
So you see, the queen mother who sits at the right hand of the king symbolizes her share in the king’s royal authority by holding the most important position in the kingdom, second only to the king. Having authority then, makes the queen mother the representative of the king, an advocate for the people, carrying their requests & their petitions to their king. (1 Kings 2:17)
This now has implications for our understanding of the role that Mama Mary has in the Kingdom of God, the everlasting Kingdom. With the Old Testament background, we can now more clearly see how the New Testament portrays Mary in light of the queen mother tradition. This can be seen clearly in the gospels:
– Mary as the Queen is linked to her Messianic child (Mat. 1:23) prophesied as the “Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14)
– In the same gospel above, Mary is intimately linked to her newborn son and is mentioned by Matthew as “the child and his mother” in the first two chapters, five times! Showing their close association as queen mother and royal son.
– In Luke’s gospel, the Annunciation and Visitation portrayed the royal descent of Jesus when the angel appeared to a virgin betrothed to a man “of the house of David” (Luke 1:27). And from there, the angel enumerated the things of what to become of the child, and “His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:31-33)
– In the Visitation, Mary’s role was, even more, became evident when Elizabeth greeted Mary with the title “the mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:43), which is obviously with queenly significance. This is true to all Near-East royal court whenever one is to address the queen mother of the reigning king, “Mother of my Lord” is to be used.
Lastly, in the book of Revelation 12:1, describes the queenship of Mama Mary being revealed to St. John in a vision:
“And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery”
It is very obvious, no other woman in history or in any church that perfectly describes our heavenly Mother. She’s the only one clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head is a crown of twelve stars. She was with a child ready to give birth and crying out in anguish. Her child? Jesus, the newly born messianic king in verse 5, He was mentioned ruling all the nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5). This messianic son takes His royal throne in heaven (Rev. 12:5) and he ushers in the kingdom of God by defeating the devil:
“Now the kingdom of our God has come, for the accuser has been thrown down” (12:10). Certainly, this newborn child is the royal Messiah, King Jesus.
The New Testament has portrayed Mama Mary as the ultimate queen mother of the Messianic King, this is why we honor her with our prayers, praises, hymns, arts, and gatherings. In honoring her, we honor and exalt Jesus the more, because Mary is Her Mother and He was the one who has chosen her to be His Mother, in earth as in heaven. And we must always remember, when Christ died on the Cross, he gave Mary to us for our Mother, our advocate, our intercessor. And so, let us go to her in our prayers with confidence and trust, knowing that with her, our prayers, petitions, and intentions are carried to God’s Holy and Mighty presence with a sure answer as Solomon did to her queen mother Bathsheba: “Make your request, my mother; I will not refuse you.”
Totus Tuus! Maria!