"One biblical theme sheds light on these questions and serves as a key for unlocking the mystery of Mary’s queenship: the Old Testament tradition of the "queen mother" in the Davidic kingdom."
"In the monarchy of King David, as well as in other ancient kingdoms of the Near East, the mother of the ruling king held an important office in the royal court and played a key part in the process of dynastic succession. In fact, the king’s mother ruled as queen, not his wife."
"Thus, the queen mother sitting at the king’s right hand symbolizes her sharing in the king’s royal authority and illustrates how she holds the most important position in the kingdom, second only to the king."
"We have seen how the Old Testament queen mother tradition serves as an important background for understanding Mary’s royal office. Indeed, the New Testament portrays Mary as the queen mother par excellence. Thus, prayers, hymns, and art giving honor to Mary’s queenship are most fitting biblical responses for Christians."
The author of the Roman Catholic apologetics article being critiqued arbitrarily takes an aspect of Old Testament kingship and goes far beyond what the Scripture teaches concerning Mary. Comparing mothers of kings to Mary as an analogy to make Mary the "Queen of Heaven" is the height of illogic. The ideas simply do not follow. The ideas are in no way logically connected. This poorly thought out reasoning is telling in that it reveals the desperation of Roman Catholic apologists. Nowhere does Scripture assert that Mary is the queen of queens. In addition, this excerpt from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia online is telling in regards to the Roman Catholic tradition of praying to saints and angels:
"A further reinforcement, of the same idea, was derived from the cult of the angels, which, while pre-Christian in its origin, was heartily embraced by the faithful of the sub-Apostolic age. It seems to have been only as a sequel of some such development that men turned to implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. This at least is the common opinion among scholars, though it would perhaps be dangerous to speak too positively. Evidence regarding the popular practice of the early centuries is almost entirely lacking...”
The only time when the Bible makes mention of the "Queen of Heaven" is in the context of Babylonian goddess worship (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25). The Jews refused to reform their ways when confronted by the righteous Prophet Jeremiah regarding the Lord's fury. They were in a state of selfish rebellion against the Lord's commandments, as they in their idolatry were making icons and baking cakes to a foreign god. Why would any faithful Jewish woman want to be exalted with a title that was once used in blaspheming her God (considering Jewish sensitivities to idolatry)? This excerpt from the author is also worthy of consideration:
"Understanding Mary as queen mother sheds light on her important intercessory role in the Christian life. Just like the queen mother of the Davidic kingdom, Mary serves as advocate for the people in the Kingdom of God today. Thus, we should approach our queen mother with confidence, knowing that she carries our petitions to her royal son and that he responds to her as Solomon did to Bathsheba: "I will never refuse you."
What a significant doctrinal contrast that the quote above has with the teachings of the New Testament! Was it not the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who said that all who are weary should come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30)? Are we not able to approach God with confidence as a result of Christ's atonement sacrifice (Hebrews 4:14-16)? Does not the author of Hebrews tell us that Christ lives forever to make intercession before God the Father to everyone who comes to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25)? Does not the author of Hebrews attest to Christ being the Mediator of the New Covenant without making mention of His earthly mother (Hebrews 12:24)? In whose image are we being conformed to (Romans 8:28-30)? Nowhere does the Bible assign the intercessory roles that the Roman Catholic Church has given to Mary. The constant emphasis found throughout Scripture is on Jesus Christ. Also, we know from Scripture that praying to the saints is pointless because it teaches that once a person passes away he or she is done with earthly affairs (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6; Luke 16:22-26).