Koineman, Mary is a Queen.
We must always remember that the Old Testament is the story of God preparing his people to accept their Messiah, preparing Israel and the whole world to accept their King. If we look at the Kings of the Old Testament, we find that they appointed their mother to the position of Queen, and Jesus who is the King of kings is no different. An examination of the queens of the Old Testament show us the queen’s role on the kingdom and therefor God’s design for the ultimate fulfillment of those Old Testament kingdoms in the Kingship of Jesus Christ.
Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king’s mother, who sat at his right. (1 Kings 2:19)
Bathsheba was King David’s wife but was the mother of King Solomon. No one in the kingdom was higher than the king, yet Solomon pays homage to his mother and seats her in a throne on his right. This is because Bathsheba is not only Solomon’s mother but she is also the queen.
The Hebrew word for queen-mother or literally “Grand lady” is Gebirah. We see references to the Gebirah elswhere in the Old Testament.
Jehu met the kinsmen of Ahazi’ah king of Judah, and he said, “Who are you?” And they answered, "We are the kinsmen of Ahazi’ah, and we came down to visit the royal princes and the sons of the queen mother."
(2 Kings 10:13)
This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the court officials, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans and smiths had left Jerusalem. (Jerimiah 29:2)
In fact, the various kings throught he centuries are listed in the Books of Kings and the Books of Chronicals, and with every king, the king’s mother is also listed.
In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, son of Nebat, Abijam became king of Judah; he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah, daughter of Abishalom. (1 Kings 15:1-2)
In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah; he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother was named Micaiah, daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. (2 Chronicals 13:1-2)
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah, from Jerusalem. (2 Chronicals 26:3)
There are twenty seven references to the queen-mother in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles. God is telling us who the mother of the king was because the mother of the king was a queen.
*A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1) *
We can argue who the woman in Revelation 12 is but the fact that she wears a crown is clear. Only kings and queens wear crowns. The woman is clearly a queen. The woman is described as giving birth to a male child who rules the nations, and this description is consistent with a king and his mother the queen. The fact that the woman’s son in Revelation 12 is “Caught up to God and his throne” leads most Christians to believe that the child is Jesus. The mother can only be Mary, and Mary is Queen.
As Queen of Heaven and earth, Mary has been granted very real power and authority. In fact, one of the roles of the Queen in ancient monarchies was to advocate on behalf of the people before the king. We see this ancient role of the Queen as advocate and intercessor again in story of Solomon and his queen-mother Bathsheba.
When Solomon was seated on the throne of his father David, with his sovereignty firmly established, Adonijah, son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. “Do you come as a friend?” she asked. “Yes,” he answered, and added, “I have something to say to you.” She replied, “Say it.” So he said: "… there is one favor I would ask of you. Do not refuse me." And she said, “Speak on.” He said, “Please ask King Solomon, who will not refuse you, to give me Abishag the Shunamite for my wife.” “Very well,” replied Bathsheba, “I will speak to the king for you.” (1 Kings 2:12-14,17-18)
Mary shows herself the queen, fulfilling the role of advocate for the people and intercessor on behalf of the people before the king in Jesus’ very first act as the Christ.
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (And) Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:3-5)
Jesus does not want to do the miracle of his own volition, but does so at the request of his mother, who advocates on behalf of the people. To a Jew living in a political monarchy, this behavior would have been obvious. We who live in modern democracies have lost the context.
Jesus is the King of kings, and his Mother is a Queen, fulfilling the role of advocate and intercessor. In fact, Catholic doctrine is that the grace won by Christ on the cross has been entrusted to Mary the Queen, and comes to us through the hands of Mary.
Mary does intercede for us before her son the King and obtain grace for us that we would not otherwise merit ourselves. That is Catholic belief.