1 Corinthians 11:1-16
1 Corinthians 11:1-Paul concludes his admonition given in chapter 10 by telling the Corinthians to follow his example in these matters, even as he has followed the example of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:2-14-Paul now gives instructions concerning matters of public worship. First, he gives instructions to women to have their head covered during worship. This is based on (Ryrie) 1.-the theology of headship...that God has established the system of human government and He has assigned the role of leadership to men (:3); the sequence of God’s process of creation (:7-9); and the presence of angels in the meeting (:10). In verse 10, it says, "the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head". The Greek does not have the word "symbol" in it, but says, "the woman authority to have on the head". The covering was a symbol of the authority of the man. This is said in context of the fact that prostitutes (those who were rebelling against the authority of God) shaved their heads. So, in order to show that these women were taking a strong stand for God...they were to go in the opposite direction and wear something over their head to make it absolutely clear that they were submitting to the authority of God that came through the leadership of the man.
For a more detailed explanation of this passage see:
David Guzik :: Study Guide for 1 Corinthians 11
Prayer: Father, it is one thing to say that You have assigned the primary role of leadership in the home and church to men...it is another thing to live up to the standard of the leadership that You expect. Please help me Lord, to be a leader who brings praise to You, and a leader who brings provision, peace, and protection to those that I lead.