Solomon’s death isn’t even described in 2 Chronicles. In fact, we aren’t even told how Israel came into the leadership mess of Rehoboam and Jeroboam. The reason is the Chronicles are telling a story not of characters but of the importance of character. Both Rehoboam and Jeroboam are lacking in this regard.

Rehoboam is introduced to us as ignoring the wisdom of his elders and former confidantes of wise king Solomon, joining the folly of his fathers by having many wives and concubines. As bad as Rehoboam is, Jeroboam and his idolatrous ways are presented as more troublesome. Not only does Jeroboam erect high places for the worship of false gods, but his rule also represents the rejection of David’s family by many of Israel’s tribes (2 Chronicles 10:18-19). Considering the covenant made to David about his throne and his family, this is a signal that Israel has lost touch with God’s promises and also with obedience. As you might expect, this will spell disaster.