As we re-enter the story of Ruth, we come to the climax of the story. Here we are introduced to the position of a relative-redeemer. In Israel the family and the land were to remain connected. A family’s land was to be a reminder to every generation of God’s provision and care for them. When, due to financial need, a family would sell the right to the produce of their land – known as the usufruct – it could be “redeemed” or bought back by a close and generous relative. That Boaz has promised to act as Naomi’s redeemer is central to the story, but it’s even more important as a foreshadowing of Messiah – Jesus Christ – who became like us so that He might redeem us and provide us an eternal refuge from our sin.