Maacah (Rehoboam's queen consort)
Maacah, or Michaiah, was a queen consort and the favorite wife of King Rehoboam of Judah and the mother of King Abijah of Judah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. She was the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah and the granddaughter of Prince Absalom. Although Rehoboam had sons with his other wives, including his earlier wife Mahalath, Rehoboam loved Maacah above the others and selected her son Abijah as heir. Nevertheless, Rehoboam was wise enough to take care of his other sons and provided them with duties, goods, and wives of their own.
Rehoboam and Maacah engaged in idolatry, and temples and pillars to idols such as Asherah were established. God punished the people of Judah by allowing Pharaoh Shishak to invade and plunder the kingdom. Only when Rehoboam and the nobles of Israel humbled themselves, did God refrain from having Shishak destroy them completely.
Maacah's husband died in the eighteenth year of his reign and was succeeded by Maacah's son Abijah. Although Abijah relied upon God to justify his attempt to reunite Israel under the House of David and to defeat King Jeroboam at Mount Zemaraim, Abijah continued in the sins of his parents.
After three years, Abijah died and was succeeded by his son (and Maacah's grandson) Asa. At the urging of the prophet Azariah, Asa remained faithful to God, removed idols from Judah, and restored the covenant between God and the people of Israel. Asa also removed Maacah from the position of queen mother, since she created an icon of the pagan god Asherah.