1 Corinthians 11:10 says
For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. NKJV
What exactly does it mean? This verse is basically telling us a woman should have a covering on her head, because of the angels. This covering, or symbol of authority, symbolizes her submission to God’s divine order of headship as well as her acknowledgement that this covering covers her glory (her hair) as well as the glory that she is (man’s). So what do the angels have to do with it?
Let’s first take a look at what God’s Word tells us about the angels:
(all verses are from the ESV, as provided by openbible.info)
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” Jude 1:9
Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look 1 Peter 1:12
So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous Matthew 13:49
So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:10
There are many more verses, but these give us a general overview of both the roles and characters of the heavenly angels. The angels are messengers. They are soldiers. They minister unto those who are saved. They serve the Most High. They desire to see, or witness, God’s salvation for mankind as well as His manifold wisdom as portrayed through the church. They rejoice at righteousness. They worship God. They rejoice when a sinner repents. They obviously have free will, or else satan and his cohorts would not have rebelled, yet the heavenly, obedient angels do not pass judgment based on their own opinions, rather act upon the will of Jehovah. This last characteristic is made plain in Jude 1:9.
So. Knowing what we know about angels, why should a woman have a symbol of authority on her head because of them?
Perhaps the answer to this question can be best found in Ephesians 3:10, 1 Peter 1:12 and Luke 15:10. They are included above for your reference.
We can tell by reading Revelation that the angels spend a lot of time praising and worshiping God. They rejoice when another lost lamb is found and brought into the safety of the fold. They also marvel at God’s manifold wisdom and long to see His grace and salvation played out. A woman who recognizes her position in God’s divine order, who willingly submits her glory for the glory of God by wearing a symbol of authority must be a beautiful sight to these beings. Angels are not all-knowing. While I am sure they are aware of who belongs to Christ, and who does not, their knowledge is based upon the Word of God and what they see/hear. I imagine the covering serves as a visual to them; a visual of God’s perfect plan for His Bride. Furthermore, a covering of her own glory (both that which belongs to her and the glory that she is) leaves only the glory of God. A fellowship of believers that pray and prophesy in unity and respect for the headship as well as for the glory of God probably exudes a beautiful sight (aura if you will) that cannot be seen by us, but is visible to the angels. This is apparently so, because the fact that women are told to cover their glory and men are told to remain uncovered-because they are the glory of God-suggests a visible glory emanating during worship; a glory we may not be able to see, but the heavenly hosts can.
Likewise this head covering that brings about praise for God from the angels, also serves as a rebuke to the fallen angels. Filled with rebellion, hate and pride, the demons must surely shirk away and gnash their teeth at such a sight.
Dear ladies, we must always, ALWAYS, keep in mind that everything we are to do is to be for the glory of God. We are not our own. We were bought with a price; a price that Jesus paid. We must strive to glorify God in our lives, our choices, and submit our will to His. This is joy. This is purpose.