To the bright minds on this forum. Were the Israelites really ordered to perform a sacrifice? If so for what reason and what purpose? Isnt it possible that the order was meant to sacrifice their golden cow? When reads verse 71 it seems to describe the golden cow, the idol. Your thoughts please?
2:67 And Lo! Moses said unto his people, “Behold, Allah commands you to sacrifice a cow.” They said, “Do you mock at us?” He replied, “I seek shelter with Allah from being among the ignorant who mock at people.” (Slaughter a cow to get rid of the Pharaonic and pagan influence in your hearts that prompted you to worship the golden calf. 2:54, 7:152)
2:68 (Now, they started making excuses.) They said, "Ask your Lord on our behalf to enlighten us as to what kind of cow she is." He answered, “Behold, He has said that she is a cow neither too old nor too young. She is between the two conditions. Do, then, as commanded.”
2:69 (Then) they said, “Call for us unto your Lord that He enlighten us as to what color she is.” He answered, “Behold, He has said that she is a yellow cow. Bright is her color, pleasing to beholders.”
2:70 (Again) they said, “Call upon your Lord that He make it clear to us what exactly she is. For, to us all cows are much alike. And behold, if Allah so wills, we shall be guided aright.”
2:71 He answered, “Behold, He says it is to be a cow that has not toiled in tilling the land nor in watering the crops and it is whole and healthy, unblemished.” Said they, “Finally, you bring out a concrete description!” So they sacrificed her, although they would rather not have done it. (They still adored the golden calf. 2:93, 5:101)