God forgives people without a request. And this forgiveness can be a law and partially dependent on men.
Now “forgive” does not always mean to carry, lift, or take away. It also means to pardon or spare. We see this kind of meaning when we look at how God forgives women of their vows. When women made vows and were daughters or married, they were subject to their fathers’ or husbands’ authority. Hence, the Bible says, “…if her father refuses to let her fulfill the vow” and “…if her husband refuses to let her fulfill the vow which she vowed, the Lord will forgive her” (Numbers 30:5, 8). So if a daughter or wife made a vow and their fathers or husbands forbade them, God would forgive them. This act of forgiveness differs from the act of forgiveness Moses requested for the Israelites. For here, no one asks God to forgive. God forgives automatically upon the refusal of the father or husband. Still, we cannot say God’s will is absent in this action. He is the one who gave this law to the Israelites to follow. So God still wants, by his will, to forgive. Only here, forgiveness does not happen upon request. It happens because of a law of God. It is interesting that forgiveness, here, partially depends on the will of a man. In fact, if the father or husband did not refuse the daughter’s or wife’s vow, the daughter or wife would be bound to the vow. And if the daughter or wife did not fulfil her vow, she would be guilty of the sin of breaking a vow to God.