“וַיִּכְתֹּב מֹשֶׁה אֶת־מוֹצָאֵיהֶם לְמַסְעֵיהֶם ... וְאֵלֶּה מַסְעֵיהֶם לְמוֹצָאֵיהֶם/Moshe wrote their departure points for their journeys … and these are their journeys according to their departure points.” (Bamidbar 33:2) The beginning of the pasuk stresses the departure points whereas the end of the pasuk stresses the journeys. Why?
The Sfas Emes teaches that the departure points in the pasuk allude to the original departure point,
The physical world is our point of reference in serving God. As we “travel” and come closer to God the departure point fades, we have left some part of the physical behind and the “leaving” is complete. The second part of the pasuk stresses the journeys because really, the journey is the key thing. The journey is our main focus of attention until we reach the next milestone in our life journey of coming close to God. The departure points – the physical world – give us a context, a reference point, for our journey to come close to God and the journey – our work to serve God – gives meaning to the departure points.