The J and E Moses receives the opportunity to see God.  The P does not. The J Abraham, speaking to God, trying to stand up for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah,  and Moses - for the people in the story of spies . The E Moses asks for the people in the story of the golden calf, and later energetically and eloquently is busy, because it has the ability to talk to God "as a man speaks with his friend."  He can say to God: "Why do you torment your servant" and "if you deal thus with me, kill me better" . The D Moses asks God for opportunities to pass the Jordan and enter the Promised Land, but is denied.  The P people never talk to God with such a degree of intimacy.