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   Morning Thoughts by Elder Philip Conley

I Kings 10:7, "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."

 This morning, people pitch and represent things as "free" and "no obligation." Most advertise these on the television, of which little content can be taken as fact or truth. Our society even has a common expression for these things, "That sounds too good to be true." In the over-whelming majority of the cases, this statement is indeed valid. However, one case that I know of for sure holds true that it is so good and yet so true at the same time.

 Here, the Queen of Sheba comes to visit Solomon. She wants to know the truth of the report that she received about his wisdom, wealth, glory, honour, and majesty. The Scriptures tell us that when she finished viewing the state of the kingdom and inquiring of Solomon's wisdom that "there was no more spirit in her." In each and every case, she found nothing lacking. Indeed, the height, depth, and breadth of the entire universe could be searched out, and there would be nothing lacking from God. When the LORD reveals heaven to us in a manifest way (whether upon death or Christ's return) there will be nothing lacking for us to find. We can search through all of eternity, and God will always be exceeding abundantly above in all things. 

 His perfect work leaves nothing to chance. His purpose of redemption for His chosen will leave not a one of them banished or lacking in the least degree. Now, were the things reported true about Solomon before the Queen of Sheba arrived? Of course all of the things that she beheld had already been that way well before she visited the realm. Likewise, our Lord has already done the work to the heavenly realm long before we arrive. Did the Queen of Sheba receive a false report? No, she declares that the report was true, but the report lacked something. As true as the report was, a messenger could not fully describe Solomon's greatness. Likewise, a gospel minister cannot fully describe the glory of heaven and the One who occupies it. 

 The best gospel sermon is only half of the story. We cannot fully comprehend what is in store for us until we see it for ourselves. She said that the half was not told her. Likewise, the half has not been told us. We sing a song that the "half has never yet been told." This song may need some work, for the half has been told again and again. However, we have not heard it yet. Those gone on before us tell the story over and over right at this moment. One day, Beloved we will tell the story when we join in concert with the heavenly band around the throne. Right now, the half has not been told us, but one day, speed that day, we will hear, see, and behold the One that is the substance of that city where there is no night.

In Hope,

Bro Philip