Mary the “Queen Mother”?
I have heard some pretty interesting arguments defending the Marian Doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. One argument for Mary being the Queen Mother comes from the OT hierarchy. This brand of interpretation is commonly known as typology. Someone in the OT resembles or is a “type” of a NT figure. Typology has been used in interesting ways and this video highlights that wonderfully:
Listen to Mr. Joseph’s first typological interpretation starting at the 30 second mark to the 1:50 minute mark. The specific passage that he reads is 1 Kings 2: 19-20 which says:
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.”
So, Mr. Joseph says that this passage speaks to Mary’s relationship with her son, Jesus. If that is the case then there are a few items that need to be discussed.
First, Mary is said to be next to Jesus constantly interceding on behalf of those who pray to her. But, we have a problem. The “queen mother” in this passage needs a seat brought for her. The concept of queenly intercession was not a consistent role in the OT. If it were a seat would always be next to the king reserved for his mother. So, apparently the typological interpretation can suggest that Mary has access to Jesus like the mother of Solomon did. However, they ignore the glaring contradiction. Roman Apologists say, “Mary is like the queen mothers of the OT by having access to the king for eternity.” Yet, the Bible says that a seat needed to be brought in for Solomon’s mother. Which implies that the seat was not permanent but limited.
Now start the video from the 1:48 minute mark and play it to the 2:10 mark. This is where Mr. Joseph applies this OT passage to Mary’s queenly motherhood. He says that Jesus seats Mary on his right hand and says, “Make your request my mother for I will not refuse you anything.”
Here is where this typological interpretation fails. According to this argument, Jesus listens to Mary and will grant every request that she makes because he loves his mother. This “type” is said to be found in the OT concept of “queen mothers”. However, in 1 Kings 2 something really interesting happens. Bathsheba, the “queen mother” and type of Mary, doesn’t get her request granted by King Solomon! Instead, this happens:
She said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as his wife.” King Solomon answered his mother, “And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, for he is my older brother, and on his side are Abiatharthe priest and Joab the son of Zeruiah.” Then King Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, “God do so to me and more also if this word does not cost Adonijah his life!Now therefore as the LORD lives, who has established me and placed me on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today.” So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died.
Not only does Bathsheba not get her request granted but she gets Adonijah killed. Mr. Joseph does mention that Bathsheba’s request doesn’t get granted but he gives us no explanation about why this shouldn’t be included in his typological interpretation. He says that Bathsheba was being deceived so King Solomon didn’t fulfill her request. If Bathsheba was deceived does that mean Mary can be deceived? If not why not? Also, the OT speaks of a few king’s mothers and guess how many times the “queen mother” gets her request granted…If you said 0 then you would be correct! If it is so important and clear that people should pray to Mary for her intercession before Christ then why put forth this kind of argument for her queenly motherhood?
Not only does this passage impune Mary but it impunes the character of Jesus. If in fact Bathsheba represents Mary then King Solomon represents Jesus. The story begins with King Solomon saying that he wont refuse his mothers request. Mr. Joseph echoes this point with, what he believes, Jesus says to his mother. In the story we see that King Solomon doesn’t grant his mother’s request and thus becomes a liar. If we use the same typological interpretation Mr. Joseph did for Mary’s “queenly motherhood” then we could say that Jesus is a liar because he tells his mother, “I will grant whatever you ask,” yet, he may not do so.
The Marian Doctrines cannot be substantiated from Scripture and this is just another example of how far Rome needs to stretch Scripture to fit her human traditions.