THE HALF HAS NOT BEEN TOLD
“And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.” I Kings 10:6, 7
The queen of Sheba had heard of Solomon, the king of Israel. The reports she received about Solomon’s acts, his wealth, and his wisdom seemed so remarkable that she considered them to be exaggerations. Though she “believed not the words,” she made the long journey to see for herself. The only way she could know for sure would be to see for herself. When she witnessed Solomon’s wealth and his court, she said, “It was a true report that I heard in mine own land.” She had not been misled. The reports were true. In fact, she continued by saying, “behold, the half was not told me.” What a tremendous change of opinion. She went from thinking that the reviews about Solomon were falsehoods and exaggerations to declaring that her information grossly underestimated the magnificence of his kingdom.
Many of us could give the same testimony about our Savior. We heard of Him, what He had done, and what He could do for us. We heard of His great wisdom, power, mighty acts, and love. Some would say it sounded too good to be true. Could Jesus be as wonderful as we heard He was? Could salvation be as marvelous as we were told? And then, by His grace, we came to see Him for ourselves. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit opened our eyes and let us see. We saw for ourselves His boundless love, His great compassion, His mercy and grace, His power to save and forgive. And then we too declared, “the half was not told me.” He is everything and more than we could ever imagine Him to be. Words could never adequately describe the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our text begins with the words, “she said to the king.” She told the king how much she underestimated his glory. We need to tell our King how wonderful He is, how He has exceeded all of our expectations, and made our lives complete. We must also tell others. The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s wonder while she was in her own land. We need to take the marvelous news of Jesus Christ to people wherever they are and tell them how wonderful He is.