The list of the names of the offspring of Yisrael, f.k.a. Ya’akob (Jacob), can be read as a message about the work of the Messiah if the meanings of the names are strung together.
Why is it that God specifically told Moses to write down these places? We may not have a complete picture of it but God did not ask Moses to write this down just for the sake of history. As in parts 1 and 2 of this discussion of Numbers 33, we see there’s a bigger picture to be found in the names of these places that Moses records and we endeavor to discover God’s picture.