This section of Mark has two distinct ways to ask questions. That's what struck me this morning.
As the disciples are coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration in chapter 9, they are afraid to ask Jesus any questions about what it meant that He would rise from the dead.
Compare that to the peppering of questions Jesus got from the Sadducees, Pharisees, Lawyers, Scribes, Herodians, and general religious people who thought they could pick a fight with the Son of God.
The first group wouldn't ask Jesus because they were afraid and uncomfortable because they didn't understand something He said. The second was unafraid and comfortable trying to trap Him in a quandary or get Him to say something that the Romans wouldn't like so they could kill Him.
The first group had a revelation from God but were too scared to ask. The second had opinions about God and weren't afraid to express them.
For whom did it end up a better deal?
Anytime we don't understand something God has said, we should ask. Even if He doesn't answer immediately or show us or we have to study for years to get it, that's not dishonoring.
Anytime we express to God that He's not living up to our expectations, that's honest...but not honoring.