The Lord boarded the ship with the Twelve apostles on their way to minister and preach. The apostles were new to their call, learning much from the Lord about who He was, and what His church should be made of.
It was easy for them to have disputes common among them, about the words Jesus taught them in private, intimate gatherings with Him. Often, the Father would use object lessons to help them with their learning, as Jesus did His part to minister and teach them.
On this occasion, as they sailed to the shore of their destination, Jesus, weary from His constant travels and travails over His learning disciples, lay down for a brief respite. It wasn’t long however, before His disciples disputed among themselves concerning the many teachings they were receiving, most of which we do not have in the sacred Bible text.
Teachings difficult to understand, without the proper worthy aid of the Holy Spirit.
As the disputes turned to anger and contention one with another, the Father used a lesson of urgency, to enlighten the duly called twelve apostles, who were to be charged to take the gospel to all the world.
Their actions and tempers were not appropriate, and were then reflected in the actions and tempest of the climate around them. As apostles they were not to behave this way. When they finally gathered their wits about them, by way of need, and feeling guilty about their unruly quarreling, they awoke the Lord, whom they knew was their only source of help for anything.
It was at this time, that the Lord, following through with the Father’s lesson, told them, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” These words reflect the message they were to learn. “Ye can only understand His words by obedient faith.” Shane R. Brown
The words spoken by our Lord in love and chastisement, were meant to encourage and refine His disciples, with His perfect love and understanding.