Proverbs 13:20, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."
The Bible gives us the record of wise men which travelled from the east to Jerusalem. They travelled a great distance to worship the King of the Jews which was born – Jesus Christ. They brought gifts and presented them to the Lord Jesus – gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These are the men we think of whenever any mentions the wise men or the three wise men.
These men who travelled from the east to worship Jesus are not the only wise men in the Bible. There are many other wise men in mentioned in the Bible. There were wise men among the Israelites who were able to fashion and make the articles for the Tabernacle and then later for the Temple. There were wise men among the Israelites who were made captains over hundreds and captains over thousands. Solomon was a wise man. Daniel was a wise man.
We often associate being wise with intellectual knowledge – book smarts. One who receives a high score on their ACT is wise. One who is able to run a successful business is wise. One who has a high IQ is wise. A college professor with a doctorate is wise. A doctor with their PhD is wise. We associate the accumulation and retention of information with being wise.
Being wise, according to the Bible, is more than having book smarts. Wise encompasses more than being able to retain information and facts and solutions. Being wise involves morality or uprightness. Being wise involves righteousness – living according to God’s principles.
The opposite of being wise is being foolish. This is the contrast given in our passage of Scripture – wise and foolish. When teaching the disciples about obedience to His commands He contrasted two individuals – the foolish man and the wise man. The foolish man did not listen and did not obey and the wise man did listen and and did obey.
Jesus called the foolish man who was able to build a house, had the knowledge to build, but failed to build it on the right foundation, a fool. He had the wits, but wisdom. He had knowledge and lacked obedience.
The one Jesus called a wise man built, but it was not that knowledge which made Jesus call him wise. He was considered and called wise by the Lord because of the foundation he built his house upon. He had obedience.
A brilliant, book smart individual who lives contrary to the Bible is not wise. A professor with his doctorate who is not guided by Biblical principles is foolish and a fool. An individual who scores a perfect score on the ACT and can answer every history, science, and math question and yet does not live by the Book, the Bible, is a fool. The business man which runs a successful company and fails to uphold the principles and truths taught in the Word of God is a fool and is foolish.
The Bible further defines the fool in Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Being wise is accomplishing and maintaining Biblical uprightness.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. There are three wise men I would like to introduce to you this morning. These three wise men do not bear gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They are not from the east, west, north, or south. Truthfully, there are more wise men than just these three. But, these three men, if you walk with them, will greatly benefit your Christian life. According to this wonderful Bible promise, if you walk with these wise men, you shall be wise.
These three wise men are men which you can find around you in your life right now. They are not men of the past captured only in a biography which collects dust on a shelf. They are not merely men who have lived in the past and are just a dusty relic and are no more. They are men of the present. These three men whom I am going to introduce you to are men you can walk with this week. Let me introduce to you the first wise man.
The instructing man.
The first wise man I would like to introduce to you is the instructing man. He that walketh with the instructing man shall be wise.
Take your Bible and look at the beginning of this chapter, chapter 13 of Proverbs. Let’s read the first verse. "A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke." A wise son hears his father’s instruction. The son, who walks with the instructing man, here this son’s father, is wise.
The instructing man, here mentioned as a father, is one who gives instructions. The instructing man, the father, is near the son. They are under the same roof. The son is within earshot of the father. They are of the same family. They are closely related – father and son.
Do’s and Do Not’s
The instructing man gives instructions. A father tells his son the do’s of life. A father tells his son the do not’s of life. A father certainly helps his children with their school homework, but his instruction proceeds far beyond the books. His instruction guides more than their #2 pencils, his instruction guides their two feet into right paths.
He instructs him on the vital details for his life. He knows that what he tells his son is a matter of life and death, health or sickness, right or wrong.
Distractions Removed & Heeded
A wise son hears their father’s instructions. He does not huff and puff when his father says, “Son, let me teach you something right here…” The son, when his father approaches a teaching and instructing moment, sets aside anything which may have his interest and attention and listens to what his father has to say. He puts away any distractions so as to listen intently and gain the valuable information his father is about to pass on to him. Distractions are hindrances to instructions. For what his father will give him, if heeded, will cause him to be a wise son – one who lives by the principles of truth.
A wise son also take heeds to what is being said. It is more than listening to his father. It is more than hearing his words. It is listening for instruction. It is getting the instructions so as to know what to do. Instructions are the steps to accomplishment. They are step one, step two, and step three.
The scorner fails to hear what the instructing man says. They do not hear him at all. If they were to hear him they certainly would do nothing with the instructions. They would discard them in the trash. The scorner does not need instructions, the to-do’s for life and living.
The Instructing Man – Fellowship Baptist Church
This instructing man is the local church. The instructing man is Fellowship Baptist Church. A wise son heareth his father’s instructions. Fellowship Baptist Church is close by. We should praise the Lord for the present existence of local churches in our world which are holding forth the Word of life. We should praise the Lord for such a local church, a Bible preaching church being close by. It is not something you have to search for in the pages of history. The instructing man is here, present, and alive.
The instructing man, Fellowship Baptist Church, is an instructor. A wise son hears his father’s instructions. This is a place of instructions. In each of our services instructions for life and living are carefully prepared and delivered.
The instructions given are not mere details for life. They are not extras and unnecessary. These instructions are the basis for life and living. They are vital and essential. What is taught and preached at Fellowship Baptist Church are the instructions for living wisely. The instructions are a matter of life and death, health and sickness, right and wrong.
A wise son hears his father’s instructions. Please do not miss this truth. There are so many distracting things in this world. There are a thousand things this very moment which can have your attention and energy. There are a thousand more which can have your attention tonight. There are a thousand more things which can have your attention and energy on Wednesday night.
Be as the wise child and set aside all the things which would draw you away from this instructing man. Do not allow distractions to keep you from hearing from this instructing man. He wants the best for you as a father wants the best for his son. But, he cannot help if you do not attend.
A wise son hears heeds his father’s instructions. This means he hears and puts into practice what his father says. Let me plead with you to do more than attend the church services of Fellowship Baptist Church. Let me strongly encourage you to take heed to what I preach and what I teach. Practice what is preached. Practice what is taught. Live by the truths proclaimed here from the Word of God. Live the way God wants you to live.
Let me quickly hasten for there is another man I would like to introduce you to.
The righteous man.
The second wise man I would like to introduce to you is the righteous man. He that walketh with the righteous man shall be wise.
Take your Bible and look at this chapter, chapter 13 of Proverbs. Let’s now read the fifth verse. "A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame." We are told of a righteous man in this passage. He that walketh with this righteous man shall be wise.
This righteous man has a very strong characteristic about him. The moment I introduce you to him, you will notice this characteristic of his. It is not something you will find out about him later on. It is something you can see on his face. It is evident and plain to see. It is this…this man, righteous man hates lying.
There is a strong movement today against hatred. It is ironic how this movement has in many ways promoted the hatred of hate. Hate is in the Bible and hate is a strong emotion and feeling of dislike.
God has not condemned hate altogether. To hate is not sin. To hate is not sin for God hates. Look at these Bible passages (Deuteronomy 12:31, 16:22, Psalm 11:5) and you will find that God hates certain things.
To hate is not sin. To hate improperly is sin. The righteous man hateth properly. He hateth lying. He has a strong and intense dislike of lying.
What he hates is lying. Lying is the telling of lies. Lying is the telling of things which are not true. It is the telling of things which are false. The righteous man hates lying. He is a man that is completely for truth. He is all about truth. The righteous man has truth wrapped around him. He wears truth. He walks in truth. He is completely for truth. He loves the telling of what is true.
The Righteous Man – The Bible
The righteous man is the Bible. The righteous man is the Word of God. He that walketh with the righteous man shall be wise. Praise the Lord the Bible is the truth. Jesus said to the Father, “…thy word is truth.”
You can walk with this righteous man. He is not deceased. He is not gone. God has preserved His Word as He has promised and as He is capable of doing just that. You need not wonder, “Do I have the Bible, the Word of God.” Rest assured God has made sure that His Word, which is truth, is and will forever be.
Every word of God is true. Each and every word in the Bible is inspired by God and each and every word of God is true. There is not a trace of false in the Bible. It is scientifically accurate.
The earth is suspended in space. Ancient cultures had all kinds of ideas about this. Some said our world was supported by pillars others said the earth was resting on the backs of giant elephants. Job said of the Lord in Job 26:7, “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”
The Bible is truth. It is historically accurate. Scholars for years laughed and mocked the story of King Belshazzar and the handwriting on the wall. They had the historical records of Babylon and he was not the last king of Babylon.
They mocked the Bible and proclaimed it was not historically accurate until the day an archaeologist’s spade uncovered a cylinder and the name on it was Belshazzar. More records were found and showed the historians that Belshazzar co-ruled with his father Nabonitus. The Bible is the truth.
The Bible is truth concerning prophecy. On and on we could go proving that the Bible is true through and through. He that walketh with wise men shall be wise. Claim the promise of God and walk with this wise man. Choose to read, study, memorize, and meditate upon the Word of God. Choose to love it. Choose to keep loving it. Before our time is up, I would like to introduce a third wise man to you.
The good man.
The third wise man I would like to introduce to you is the good man. He that walketh with the good man shall be wise.
Take your Bible and look at the end of this chapter, chapter 13 of Proverbs. Let’s read the twenty second verse. "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just." We are told of a good man in this verse. The individual who walks with this good man will be wise.
There is something quite striking about this good man. There is a wonderful quality about him that you cannot miss. The quality that is so striking is that he has a great concern about others. His concern for others is magnificent. It is so magnificent that he is willing to place himself aside for the sake and benefit of others.
He leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. That is a couple of generations. He sees beyond his living. How he lives, how he acts, how he spends, everything he does is always with others in view.
This good man does not accidentally leave something behind, but does so purposefully. He knows what he is doing and what he is leaving for those to come. He knows his laying up an inheritance for others will be found.
What he leaves behind is not lost. It is not a hidden treasure kept from the eyes and knowledge of those to come. What he leaves behind is known by those generations to come after him. It is openly known and can be easily possessed.
What this good man leaves behind will be the cause of the future generations’ thanks. They will give thanks for what he has left.
He is certainly a good man. Anyone who lives this sort of lifestyle, unselfishly to the point of sacrifice, is an admirable gentleman. He leaves something quite valuable behind. It is an inheritance.
The reading of the will of one who has passed away has many times been humorously portrayed. The loved ones have gathered to hear the reading of the will hoping that there will be some great quantity of money, land, or possessions given to them. They rest upon every word read from the deceased’s will.
Then, their hopes are crushed when they hear that they inherit from the deceased their worthless pots and pans or they inherit the deceased’s useless collection of spoons and knick knacks.
What the good man leaves behind is not a rusted collection of spoons or a worthless set of pots and pans. The good man leaves behind a valuable inheritance. What he leaves behind is in every hope and sense of the word, a rich and valuable inheritance.
The Good Man – Jesus Christ
The good man is the Lord Jesus Christ. The individual that walks with the Lord Jesus Christ is wise. The individual that chooses to love the Lord Jesus Christ and continue walking with the Lord is wise.
The Lord Jesus Christ leaves behind an unselfish inheritance. He came to seek and save sinners. The Bible says, “Let this mind be in you, what was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8) He died on earth that others might live in Heaven.
Jesus Christ’s death was not accidental, but planned from before the foundation of the earth. He was slain before the foundation of the world. What He has left behind, this inheritance of eternal life to those who believe, is not something which is lost and kept from the eyes of this generation.
Satan is the one who blinds the minds of men that they may not trust in the Lord. But, the good man, the Lord Jesus Christ, shines forth this glorious Gospel so that every man, woman, boy, and girl may see it, know it, and trust Him as their personal Saviour.
This inheritance is of tremendous value. It far exceeds anything this life and this world has to offer. This inheritance is worth more than all the money of the world. It is eternal life in Heaven.
This inheritance is offered unto you today. God extends the wonderful privilege of having sin’s debt forgiven, of having Heaven as your eternal Home, of having the Lord as your Father, Jesus as your Saviour, and the Holy Spirit as your guide to you at this time. You can be saved by simply trusting Jesus Christ as your Saviour. This good Man offers eternal life unto you today where you are.
I am glad I have been able to introduce you to these three wise men. Decide that you will walk with each of these wise men. Decide to walk with the instructing man – Fellowship Baptist Church. Decide to walk with the righteous man – the Bible. Decide to walk with the Good Man – Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, he that walketh with wise men shall be wise.