1 Kings 10:6-9 6 Then she said to the king, "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. 7 "Nevertheless I did not believe the reports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard. 8 "How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom. 9 "Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness."
As I was reading this passage this morning, it occurred to me that the Queen of Sheba's glowing comments about Solomon's kingdom is similar to a third party account of God's kingdom. Perhaps Bunyan used it as an inspiration while writing Pilgrim's Progress. In verse 8 the Queen of Sheba speaks of how blessed are the servants of Solomon, who stand before him continually while in the presence of his wisdom. While Solomon's kingdom was temporal, and later proven to be flawed, the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is eternal and perfect. We will stand before him continually and in the presence of His perfect wisdom. When the Queen of Sheba exclaimed, "the half was not told to me" how much more will our eyes gaze upon a vision that escapes our ability to articulate.