Feb 19 2013

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3 Queen Mothers in Scripture

This entry is part 14 of 21 in the series Women

 1 Kings 10:4  King (Solomon) & Queen (Sheba)

The heroes and heroines returned the next day and were welcomed by the seven queens, who were eager to hear whether they could solve the mysteries of their identities.

“We have solved the mysteries of the queen mother,” the heroes and heroines informed them. “We are still gathering information about the other 4 queens.”

Regarding the queen mothers, we have found out the following:

Maacah daughter of Absalom


  • 1 Kings 15:9-15
  • 2 Chronicles 15:16

The first queen mother said yesterday:

“Anyway, my grandson, the king, was very happy that I assisted him, until one day. I am very religious. He simply came to me and removed all my gods, crushed them and burned them. I was devastated.”

You are Maacah granddaughter of Absalom. Your grandson, Asa, became the king of Judah. He was the first king who did right in the eyes of the Lord, since the splitting of Israel into two kingdoms. He believed in God despite growing up with idol worship.   King Asa was the first reformer of Judah and he outlived seven evil kings of Israel.

His reign began with 10 years of peace. He broke down the idols and commanded Judah to serve God and to only worship God. King Asa also fortified the cities of Judah during the time of peace.

When you kept on serving idols, he removed you from the position of queen mother. It is written in 1 Kings 15 and in

2 Chronicles 15:16 (NLT) – King Asa even deposed his grandmother  Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.


Athaliah daughter of Ahab


  • 2 Kings 11:1-20
  • 2 Chronicles 22:10-12

The heroes and heroines faced the second queen mother. You said yesterday, “My son died, and I took over the kingdom. I believe I got rid of all the opposition. “

You are Athaliah, the daughter of the evil king Ahab.

Your son, Ahaziah, ruled over Judah. When you heard he had died, you lusted after power, and you destroyed the royal family and became queen of Judah.

What you did not know was that Ahaziah’s sister, took Joash, Ahaziah’s infant son, and hid him with his nurse in a bedroom. He was not killed with the rest of Ahaziah’s children. Jehosheba was married to the high priest Jehoiada, and they hid Joash for 6 years in the house of the Lord.

During the seventh year of your reign, Jehoiada revolted against you, by forming a covenant with the commanders, the mercenaries and the palace guards and showed them the king. They crowned seven-year old Joash king in the Temple of the Lord.

You heard the noise and hurried to the Temple to find out what was going on.  When you arrived, you saw the newly crowned king standing at the pillar as was custom with the coronation of a king. You shouted treason, but to no avail.


Queen mother advises King Belshazzar


The third queen mother told us yesterday,

 “My son loved bragging and feasting. I remember one particular feast, it was his last feast. I did not attend. I heard my son screaming, it gave me such a fright. I ran into his presence without the proper protocol. I saw writing on the wall and my son was terrified. I know I helped him by giving him advice, but I cannot remember what.”

King Belshazzar of Babylon held a great banquet for 1,000 of his nobles. He blasphemed God by drinking from the gold and silver cups taken by King Nebuchadnezzar from the Temple in Jerusalem. Suddenly he saw fingers of human hand writing on the palace wall. His face turned pale from fright and his knees knocked together when he saw the writing on the wall. His advisors could not read what was written and the king became more afraid.

When you heard the commotion, you hurried to the banquet hall to find out what is going on.  The advice you gave King Belshazzar is written in Daniel 5:11–12

There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar—made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon. This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.” (NLT)

History tells us that Daniel did interpreted and explained the writing on the wall. He told King Belshazzar that God had measured him and found him too light. His time had come. That night, the Medo-Persian army conquered Babylon and King Belshazzar was killed.


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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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