Mary is not merely a “domestic figure” of “a loving mother” as in the narrow of view of those with a patriarchal mindset. Mary is an archetypal woman disciple and woman apostle of Jesus Christ. Mary is a model as an apostolic leader to all Christian women.
Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Jesus Christ as Messiah and God made a man is the literal King of Israel [of whom David was a mere figure or type].
Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
Mary, therefore, was a literal royal mother of the house of David. Mary’s Son Jesus Christ, born of a woman, was and is the eternal true King of Israel. Mary was appointed as the 12th and lead apostle as apostolic mother to the disciples. Her appointment, role, and office is rightly understood not only as a disciple of Jesus; but also in her inherent role and office of royal mother of the King of Israel. This role and office of Mary is an archetype of all women believers. By this archetype, all women believers know and understand their own role as saints, royal mothers, and apostolic women leaders in the household of faith.
A royal mother is an educator and instructor of royal children.
A royal mother is responsible for maintaining the dominion of the kingdom.
Royal mothers are the link of continuity of the dynasty of the departing king to the new king.
Royal mothers crown adult successor sons to inherit the reign of the departing king. Therefore, there can be no contuinity of the reign of Jesus on earth apart from women apostles assuming their role and office as royal mothers – meaning apostolic mothers in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is not an office in which “women teach small children”. For Jesus Christ installed Mary as the 12th and lead apostle in direct relationship with John the Beloved as an adult male.
Song of Solomon 3:11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.
Jesus Christ came to initiate the arising of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth: the Kingdom of Jesus Christ; the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ came as the King of kings. The power of the transfer of the crown to successor kings is through the royal mother.
Therefore, Jesus Christ declaring that His mother was the apostolic mother of the true church signifies that the royal mother leads the royal household in raising sons and daughters into their inheritance as the royal heirs of the departing King.
The role, therefore, of the royal mother is likened unto the mother of King Lemuel who taught King Lemuel the proverb of Proverbs 31. The royal mother of the kingdom raises royal sons to view, relate to, and treat the royal bride in a manner befitting her true value.
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Jesus Christ declaring His mother, the royal mother of the King of Israel, to be the apostolic mother to the disciples of the true church in leadership as the 12th apostle replacing Judas: shows us the matriarchal role of women apostles leading the New Covenant Church.
Please remember that this is a spiritual office; not a natural office. The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a spiritual Kingdom from Heaven. We see a type and shadow in the royal mothers of the kingdoms of the Old Testament. In the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Jesus declared that all women believers who do the will of His Father are His sister and mother. Therefore, the role and office of royal apostolic mother in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ that Mary held as the 12th and lead apostle ordained by Jesus Christ form the cross ~~ is an archetype of office and role and position that applies equally to all women believers as Jesus said.
More will be covered on this topic later as the Lord permits. Please see the article below with much more information regarding the role and office of an apostolic royal mother in the household of faith.
Monarchies are constructed, connected, and maintained through familial relationships. Royal women of the ancient Near East included daughters, wives, sisters, mothers, and widows. The use of relational language, such as “wife of” and “daughter of” to refer to royal women was far more common than titles such as “queen,” “princess,” or “queen mother.” Relational language is also dominant in the Bible,
with the exception of the Book of Esther.[I struck through because research of the “Book of Esther” shows it to be the one Old Testament book I do not receive as rightly canonized. See here and here: “In this entry, I’ll try to talk a little bit more about the Dead Sea Scrolls… The scrolls are relevant, because they have Biblical and non-Biblical scrolls that are approximately 1000 years older than the previous Biblical scrolls found. They were discovered as in one of those Indiana Jones movies. In 1947, A young Bedouin shepherd lost of one his goat, and by trying to find it he found a cave at the site of Qumran. He then, threw a rock to the cave, and found a ceramic pot with leather and papyrus scrolls. In 1949 archaeologists started excavations and found a more of these scrolls.
The Biblical scrolls that they found were almost every book of the Old testament with the exception of the book of Esther.]
The category of royal mothers includes women who are not mothers of a king. Among such biblical royal mothers are the daughter of Pharaoh who adopted Moses as her son (Exod 2:5-10) and David’s wives Ahinoam, Abigail, Haggith, Abital, and Eglah (2Sam 3:2-5). There are royal mothers who kill, royal mothers who mourn the deaths of their children, and royal mothers who change the course of history.
Most biblical references to royal mothers occur in the announcements in the books of 1 and 2 Kings that a new king has begun to reign. These announcements appear for all the kings of Judah except two (Jehoram and Ahaz), from the division of Israel into two kingdoms (922 B.C.E.) until the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem (587 B.C.E.). The announcements indicate the relationship of the new king (typically a son) to the previous one, the name of the mother, the number of years the king ruled, and whether or not the king “did what was right in the sight of the Lord” (for example, 2Kgs 15:3). The regular mention of the king’s mother stands out in comparison to the announcements regarding the kings of the northern kingdom (Israel) and other ancient Near Eastern king lists. These announcements underscore the position of the royal mother in the dynastic system as providing continuity between the king whose reign has concluded and the new king. Since the announcements also include an assessment of whether or not the king’s reign conformed to divine standards, royal mothers are included in this judgment.
Royal women also connect the dynasty to peoples and places in the nation and beyond. The mother of King David’s firstborn son, Amnon, was Ahinoam of Jezreel, and the mother of his second son, Chileab, was Abigail of Carmel in southern Judah. David’s third son, Absalom, was the “son of Maacah, daughter of King Talmai of Geshur” (2Sam 3:3). This international connection proved fortunate for Absalom, who fled to Geshur for three years after killing his half-brother Amnon. The mother of Rehoboam, King Solomon’s heir, was also a foreigner, Naamah the Ammonite.
Royal mothers provided life instruction for their sons and daughters. The wisdom of Prov 31:1-9 is identified as words King Lemuel’s mother had taught him. Royal mothers (such as Athaliah) could also be implicated in an heir’s doing “what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (2Kgs 8:27).
A royal mother was active directly and indirectly in securing the status and future well-being of her children. Marriages needed to be arranged between royal or prominent families in the country or neighboring nations (a diplomatic strategy reflected in the marriages of King David mentioned above). A king’s eldest son might have the best—but not the only—chance of succession.
An essential part of keeping safe and attaining the throne was cultivating loyalties. In an ancient Near Eastern example, Zakutu (also known as Naqia), the widow of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, legitimated the reign of her son Esarhaddon, who became king ahead of his brothers after their father’s murder. When her grandson Ashurbanipal eventually ascended to the throne, Zakutu imposed a loyalty pact “with Assyrians high and low,” requiring them to report any conspiracy against Assurbanipal. Likewise Bathsheba, mother of King David’s son Solomon, secured Solomon’s appointment as David’s heir ahead of his brother Adonijah in 1Kgs 1:11-31.
Elna K. Solvang, “Biblical Royal Mothers”, n.p. [cited 23 Oct 2019]. Online: https://www.bibleodyssey.org:443/en/people/related-articles/biblical-royal-mothers
Elna K. Solvang
See original article: Biblical Royal Mothers
Professor, Concordia College
Elna K. Solvang is a professor in the Religion Department at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She is the author of A Woman’s Place Is in the House: Royal Women of Judah and Their Involvement in the House of David (Sheffield Academic Press, 2003) and of essays examining women’s agency in ancient royal households and in the Hebrew Bible.