Numbers 14:17-20 New International Version (NIV)
17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”
20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked.
Moses pleaded with God. He asked him to forgive his people. If we look at this plea, we can see God’s characteristics. God is immensely patient. God’s love is one promise you can always count on. God forgives again and again. God is merciful. God listens to and answers our requests. God has not changed since Moses’ day. You can talk with God just as Moses did. You can rely on God’s patience, love, forgiveness, and mercy.